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Passer-by catches baby in 3-story fall
The Denver Post ^ | 10/01/2006 | By Felisa Cardona

Posted on 10/02/2006 7:33:05 AM PDT by rawhide

The 9-month-old, left alone by young babysitters, was dangling from a railing before losing her grip.

The baby girl's tiny hand was wrapped around the third-floor railing of a Denver condominium complex, her feet dangling over the sidewalk below.

Mary Bussey and her son Brandon, who were on their way to his football game Saturday afternoon, saw the baby hovering above their heads.

The 9-month-old girl was crying, left alone while she was supposed to be in the care of her 13- and 10-year-old uncles, Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said Sunday.

The baby's teenage mother left the girl with her brothers while she went to work Saturday, Jackson said.

The boys wandered off and left the front door open, allowing the baby to crawl out onto therailing at the Shadow Wood condominiums at 3141 S. Tamarac Drive.

"I thought someone was hanging on to the baby from the other side," Bussey said. "I thought, 'What a rotten trick."'
But Bussey quickly realized that there was no trick and nobody was holding on to the baby.

Bussey told 13-year-old Brandon to run up the stairs and grab the baby before she fell. Bussey positioned herself under the railing.

"Her little fist was the only thing hanging on. The poor little thing could not hold on anymore," Bussey said.

Brandon didn't make it to the third floor. As the baby let go of the railing, Bussey put out her arms.

"I was very scared," Bussey said. "All I could say was, 'Don't drop. Don't drop."'

The little girl fell, and Bussey caught her.

"It's a really weird feeling having a baby fall in your arms," she said. "I held her to my body and hugged her. She completely stopped crying."

(Excerpt) Read more at denverpost.com ...


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1 posted on 10/02/2006 7:33:06 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

OMG!!


2 posted on 10/02/2006 7:34:40 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: rawhide

Thank GOD!!!

Wow, 13 and 10 year old boys?? I wouldn't leave my 9 mo old with 13 and 10 year old GIRLS and they tend to be more maternal and mature earlier.

The mother of this child needs to be investigated. In Georgia, you have to be 14 before you can be left in charge of another child.


3 posted on 10/02/2006 7:34:57 AM PDT by sandbar
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To: rawhide

WOW!


4 posted on 10/02/2006 7:35:02 AM PDT by urroner
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To: rawhide

Well done! Give that woman a medal.


5 posted on 10/02/2006 7:35:03 AM PDT by ahayes (My strength is as the strength of ten because my heart is pure.)
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To: rawhide

Praise be to God.


6 posted on 10/02/2006 7:35:11 AM PDT by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: rawhide

The baby: "like, what's the big deal?"


7 posted on 10/02/2006 7:35:53 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: rawhide

Thank God and may He bless that woman and her son.


8 posted on 10/02/2006 7:35:56 AM PDT by kenth (There are three kinds of people in the world. Those who can count, and those who can't.)
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To: rawhide

Quick thinking on the part of the passer-by. Good for her! She deserves some sort of medal!


9 posted on 10/02/2006 7:36:27 AM PDT by MineralMan (Non-evangelical Atheist)
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To: rawhide

Thank you Jesus!


10 posted on 10/02/2006 7:37:13 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (Say Leftists. How many Nazis did killing Nazis in WW2 create? or Samurai? or Fascists?)
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To: 1rudeboy
The baby: "like, what's the big deal?"

The baby: "Do it AGAIN!"

11 posted on 10/02/2006 7:37:43 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: rawhide

Thank God she didn't spike the baby after catching it.


12 posted on 10/02/2006 7:37:43 AM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: Suzy Quzy

Award custody to Mary Bussey, jail the mother (and deport her afterwards, if appropriate)


13 posted on 10/02/2006 7:37:56 AM PDT by churchillbuff
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To: rawhide
Oh my God - my heart raced just reading this article. I have a little one-year old girl, and the thought of this just sent chills up my spine.

Thank the Lord she is safe!
14 posted on 10/02/2006 7:38:13 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic ("In America, women can vote but horse cannot. It is other way around in my country" - Borat)
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To: rawhide

Incedible story.


15 posted on 10/02/2006 7:38:23 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: rawhide
One just never knows when their 15 minutes of fame strikes.

In this case, miraculous perfect timing.
16 posted on 10/02/2006 7:38:40 AM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: kenth
Thank God and may He bless that woman and her son.

Amen! And may he protect her from her irresponsible parent(s)!

17 posted on 10/02/2006 7:38:57 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help m)
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To: Suzy Quzy
It's good to know the baby had some soft stuff to fall into :) In all seriousness...good job to this good samaratan and good citizen!!!


18 posted on 10/02/2006 7:39:08 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Suzy Quzy
The baby's teenage mother """

Our society is morally and spiritually very ill.

19 posted on 10/02/2006 7:39:33 AM PDT by churchillbuff
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To: sandbar
The mother of this child needs to be investigated.

sterilized.

20 posted on 10/02/2006 7:40:15 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: rawhide

God bless this child, she is going to need it. I actually feel sorry for the mom, she was going to work. It was definitly wrong for her to leave the baby with her brothers, but that was no excuse for them to leave. Where are all the adults? It looks like this is a house full of minors in charge of a baby.


21 posted on 10/02/2006 7:40:28 AM PDT by YdontUleaveLibs
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To: 1rudeboy
The baby: "like, what's the big deal?"

LOL. The kid wass probably thinking "kewl, let's do that again".

Seriously though, stupid stupid move on the part of the mother. Unfortunately, this is what happens when you have children having children.

Thank god, that lady happened to be walking by and had the compassion and presense of mind to react.

22 posted on 10/02/2006 7:40:35 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: rawhide

Now we know what Micheal Jackson has been up to these days.


23 posted on 10/02/2006 7:41:18 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: ahayes; MineralMan
Give that woman a medal.

Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman thanked Brandon and his mother Sunday with framed letters of commendation, movie and dinner passes and baseball caps filled with candy.

"You did what we expect heroes to do, and we appreciate that," Whitman told Bussey and her son.

24 posted on 10/02/2006 7:41:56 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Yet another story of an irresponsible teenaged mother. The baby needs to be put into foster care immediately.


25 posted on 10/02/2006 7:42:06 AM PDT by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

According to this article, the child has been returned to his teenage mother: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_4428197


26 posted on 10/02/2006 7:42:48 AM PDT by urroner
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To: Hildy

"Everybody needs a bosom for a pillow, everybody needs a bosom." Cornershop's "Brimful Of Asha"


27 posted on 10/02/2006 7:43:16 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: rawhide

A wonderful story, no question.

What I feel conflicted about is the prospect that the baby will be taken away from her mother. Yes, it was not a good idea to leave the baby only with a couple of young boys to watch her. But the baby is still likelier to be better off staying with a mother who is working to support her than going into the hands of the state social workers.

Hopefully they can work this out somehow without taking the baby away from her mother.


28 posted on 10/02/2006 7:43:34 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: rawhide

The article states the baby was returned to her mother on Sunday, and that the 13 year old uncle was assigned to watch the baby!!! WTF??


29 posted on 10/02/2006 7:43:55 AM PDT by andyssister
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To: rawhide; leda

yikes.


30 posted on 10/02/2006 7:44:22 AM PDT by patton (Sanctimony frequently reaps its own reward.)
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To: truthkeeper

Forget foster care. The baby needs to be put up for adoption immediately and the teenage mother should be required to have her tubes tied.


31 posted on 10/02/2006 7:45:06 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: sandbar
I was baby sitting my nephews when I was around 12. They turned out alright.
32 posted on 10/02/2006 7:45:59 AM PDT by stevio (Red-Blooded Crunchy Con American Male (NRA))
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To: rawhide

left alone while she was supposed to be in the care of her 13- and 10-year-old uncles,

Good grief!!!!! Any parent knows that when you leave a youngster alone or with young siblings, you chain them all to the bed or lock them in a closet.


33 posted on 10/02/2006 7:47:05 AM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: rawhide
Bussey said the baby's mother briefly thanked her for catching the girl and asked Bussey to explain how it happened.

It "happened" because the baby's mother is a moron.

34 posted on 10/02/2006 7:47:25 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

"Where God was" ping.


35 posted on 10/02/2006 7:47:35 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Always Right

By today's standards, it was a well-written piece as well!


36 posted on 10/02/2006 7:48:10 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: rawhide

13 is old enough for most responsible youth to babysit, provided they have domonstrated some level of responsibility. Obviously, this 13 year old is not competent enough and the mother used poor judgement. I was babysitting 3 to 7 year olds when I was 12.

No new laws! You cannot outlaw stupidity.


37 posted on 10/02/2006 7:48:46 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (War Monger...In the name of liberty, let's go to war!!!!)
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To: rawhide; All

i honestly think this is a sign from God and that the lady ought to adopt the child. ok, im now officially nuts.


38 posted on 10/02/2006 7:49:10 AM PDT by GodfearingTexan
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To: Cicero

I agree with you. The mother was careless but she needed to work.

She shouldn't have had a baby but she did.

Foster homes and state care are not always the greatest things and if this mother loves the baby and learns her lesson, the baby should stay there...with observation.

We are sometimes too quick to snatch babies away, and we are sometimes too slow to do it.


39 posted on 10/02/2006 7:49:20 AM PDT by altura (Bushbot No. 1 - get in line.)
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To: rawhide

I thank you Great Spirit for saving this little girl! I thank you for the wonderful woman and her son who were right where you wanted them to be. I thank you God!


40 posted on 10/02/2006 7:50:37 AM PDT by Danae (Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: rawhide

I thank you Great Spirit for saving this little girl! I thank you for the wonderful woman and her son who were right where you wanted them to be. I thank you God!


41 posted on 10/02/2006 7:52:07 AM PDT by Danae (Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: rawhide

Just another little miracle that God performs thru-out the day, day after day...


42 posted on 10/02/2006 7:52:20 AM PDT by Iscool
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To: sandbar

"The mother of this child needs to be investigated. In Georgia, you have to be 14 before you can be left in charge of another child."

Yes that will solve all the problems in the world.

(epithet redacted) lol

W


43 posted on 10/02/2006 7:53:31 AM PDT by WLR ("fugit impius nemine persequente iustus autem quasi leo confidens absque terrore erit")
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To: rawhide

Those babysitters need to be a part of the next "JackAss" movie. Maybe they can taken to the Sears Tower and ....


44 posted on 10/02/2006 7:53:32 AM PDT by Young Werther (ues!")
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To: GodfearingTexan

I honestly think someone should adopt the mother and the brothers along with the child.


45 posted on 10/02/2006 7:54:06 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: Iscool

Amen!


46 posted on 10/02/2006 7:54:48 AM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President** I get it, Glenn.)
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To: rawhide
"I held her to my body and hugged her. She completely stopped crying."

"Do again. Do again".

47 posted on 10/02/2006 7:54:49 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: andyssister
The article states the baby was returned to her mother on Sunday, and that the 13 year old uncle was assigned to watch the baby!!! WTF??

It means that the mother wasn't negligent, in the sense that she left the kid alone. She did make arrangements for child care, and in Colorado a 13-yo is judged competent for babysitting.

In hindsight, leaving the baby in the hands of her POS brothers was a really rotten move; but she clearly tried to do the right thing.

I suspect, however, that from now on the juvenile mother of this child will be seeing more than a few representatives of the local Child Welfare agencies.

48 posted on 10/02/2006 7:55:09 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

49 posted on 10/02/2006 7:58:10 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: sandbar
Wow, 13 and 10 year old boys?? I wouldn't leave my 9 mo old with 13 and 10 year old GIRLS and they tend to be more maternal and mature earlier. The mother of this child needs to be investigated. In Georgia, you have to be 14 before you can be left in charge of another child.

That is a good idea, and even some 14 yr olds can be 'immature'. I wouldn't leave my little children with 10 & 13 yr old boys either, or girls for that matter.. Here in my area, though, it's quite common. Many 11 & 12 yr olds, mostly girls, routinely babysit for even young babies. Many of them take a 'babysitters' course offered through some local group.

50 posted on 10/02/2006 8:00:26 AM PDT by fortunecookie
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