A shocking video shows a good Samaritan saving a toddler who was seen walking on a roof in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, on Tuesday.
NBC 10 WJAR reported that a good Samaritan, who requested to remain anonymous, was able to climb up to the second story of the building and rescue the toddler who was wandering around outside on the balcony of the building’s second floor.
Video shared by NBC 10 WJAR on X, formerly Twitter, shows the good Samaritan climbing onto the roof, carefully picking up the toddler, and helping the toddler go back inside an open window of the second floor.
Michelle Higgins, an eyewitness of Tuesday’s rescue, told NBC 10 WJAR, “I just kept thinking, ‘Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. The baby’s going to fall.'”
The Woonsocket Police Department told NBC 10 WJAR that the 2-year-old mother allegedly left the window of the toddler’s room open overnight to cool the room down due to the heat. NBC 10 WJAR added that the window is located close to a bed. A roommate reportedly woke the toddler’s mother up after witnessing the 2-year-old walking on the roof.
Witnesses of Tuesday’s incident applauded the anonymous good Samaritan for selflessly taking action and rescuing the toddler.
“The baby was really coming to the edge and going back, and you could see that the window was open. And the gentleman in the street was trying to tell the baby, ‘Go back, go back, go back.’ I don’t know how he got up the side of the building,” Higgins said. “My son keeps saying he has to be Spider-Man. I think he’s a hero. I wanted to get out and give him a hug.”
Michaela Carter, who identified herself as a neighbor of the toddler’s family, told NBC 10 WJAR that it was “crazy” to think about what could have happened if the good Samaritan had not stepped in and rescued the toddler from the roof.
“You know, we don’t think about stuff happening like this, but it happens all the time,” she added.
NBC 10 WJAR noted that Tuesday’s incident was reported to Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families.