UPDATED: 1:15 p.m. — This update reflects new information by a police report, clarifying that the offender is the woman, not the man.
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police and witnesses are offering different reports of an incident in West Philadelphia Wednesday morning, in which a 1-year-old was thrown out of a car.
Neighbors said it’s usually pretty quiet near 42nd Street and Lancaster Avenue. But Wednesday morning, they heard a 39-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman arguing in a car.
One onlooker, Clarence, who preferred not to use his last name, was across the street working at a tire shop. He said the argument got so loud that he and other workers stopped to see what was going on.
“(He) ran around the back of the car and opened up the passenger door. I thought it was a bag of trash, and (he) threw it up in the air. Then I heard the girl that he was fighting with say, ‘My baby, my baby, my baby!’ ” said Clarence.
His co-worker, James Street, estimated the man threw the baby, car seat and all, about 20 or 30 feet in the air.
But according to a police report, released Wednesday afternoon, the woman is the real offender, as she first broke the windows of the car with a baseball bat. According to police, the man actually removed the child from the backseat to avoid being hit by the woman. The woman then approached the man and child “aggressively” with the bat, and the man tossed the child in the air and onto a patch of grass.
“It landed on its head,” added Street.
Tire shop workers and neighbors immediately ran toward the child, who is miraculously OK. Neighbors cared for the baby until authorities showed up.
Police say the woman then hit the man with the bat several times over the head, and he was later taken to the hospital. His condition is currently unknown.
Police arrested the woman and called paramedics for the baby. Fortunately, aside from some bruises on the child’s head, the baby is listed in stable condition.
An investigation is ongoing.
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