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Woman catches toddler who fell 3 stories

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MEDFORD, Ore. -

An Oregon woman couldn't believe what she was seeing --- a 2-year-old boy, hanging from the roof of a three-story building across the street.

Kristen Beach didn't hesitate. She ran across the street and called to the terrified child.

"I said, 'It's OK, baby; if you fall, I will catch you,' " the 21-year-old told the Southern Oregon Mail Tribune.

The little boy, whom she called "Freddy," let go and plunged straight into her arms. Beach caught him before he struck the ground, to the amazement of emergency workers who arrived a short time later.

Beach was standing outside her own apartment in Medford talking to her mother when she heard the child's screams just after 10 a.m. on Monday.

Beach has a 2-year-old of her own, and says her instinct took over.

"I was completely ready, but I was terrified," she told the paper.

After the dramatic catch, she worked at keeping the boy calm.

"I asked if he was hurt: 'Do you have any owies?'" she remembered. "I was crying right along with him."

Once the boy was on the ground, he began to relax. "I told him he was being very brave," Beach said.

Medford police Sgt. DJ Graham hailed Beach as a heroine. "The baby was really calm when we arrived on the scene."

Graham said the boy somehow slipped away from his family's apartment and climbed on the roof of the building. The boy's mother was charged with child endangerment.

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