Hotel guest breaks toddler's 4-story fall
A girl fell from a fourth-floor balcony of this Econo Lodge in Orlando on Wednesday night, authorities said.
April 21st, 2011
10:23 PM ET

Hotel guest breaks toddler's 4-story fall

A British woman who came to Florida as a tourist will leave as something of a hero.

Helen Beard was at an Orlando hotel's pool when she saw a 2-year-old girl hanging from one of the building's fourth-floor balcony railings on Wednesday night, the Orange County sheriff's office said, according to CNN affiliate WKMG.

Beard - on vacation from England - ran underneath the railing, and Jah-Nea Myles fell, striking the third-floor railing on the way down, sheriff's Cpl. Susan Soto told CNN, citing an officer's report. Beard caught Jah-Nea, but the child slipped from her arms and struck the ground, and witnesses called 911, Soto said.

Despite the fall, the girl - who was taken to a hospital - suffered no injuries, bruising or scratches and was in good health, medical personnel told a sheriff's officer. The officer also said the girl was playful and did not appear to be in pain, Soto said.

"It was a miracle" the child wasn't injured, sheriff's spokeswoman Denise Rollins said, according to WKMG.

The girl's mother, Helena Myles, who was staying at the hotel, told investigators she had left the child with a friend who was staying in an adjacent room, according to Soto. The friend said she was in a bathroom when she heard screaming coming from outside. She then looked outside and saw Jah-Nea on the ground with Beard, Soto said.

Beard told investigators she believed Jah-Nea may have slipped through the railing that was lining the fourth-floor balcony, according to the sheriff's office.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating, but no charges were pending as of Thursday morning, according to WKMG.

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  1. ***dude***

    I wonder if a close-circuit camera got the fall etc. ?

    April 23, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. k.khan

    god bless you helen to save the baby, parents must caring their baby's they shouldn't leave them alone

    April 23, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Adam

    "God" was not there for anyone. Helen was there. Your magic sky wizard had nothing to do with it.

    April 23, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Richard, houston tx

    Being a parent of five children...two adopted, one step-child, two biologically mine (although they were all mine as far as I was concerned,) it is amazing the trials and tribulations parents have to go through. Even the most careful parents have had close calls that never get into the papers. My parents have been deceased for 10 years now and I am in my sixties but I remember things that still scare me of what my brother and I did and what happened to us. We were lucky just as this little child was Choking on a Necco Wafer (spelling?), falling out of a high chair that almost lead to my brother bleeding to death,,,,we almost burned the house down when we were little. Our parents were great, they watched us like hawks but they can not be everywhere 24/7. I remember grabbing my son just before he tried to put a knife in an electrical socket. It is amazing, with the natural curiosity of childre, that th human race survives!...Very lucky child. I am a firm beliver that all adults are the mother and father of all children.

    April 23, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    The demons MUST LEAVE! OUT DEMONS!!!!!!

    April 23, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Richard, houston tx

    OOPS my brother almost bleeding to death...he is still alive and well!!!

    April 23, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Jazzzz suks

    April 23, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. eddie2010

    No it wasn't a miracle, it was simple physics.

    April 23, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. DD

    I wonder if teh Patels own this facility and if they have the railings up to local building codes?

    April 23, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. TriXen

    Wow... this is really cool.

    April 23, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. PARROT

    I BET THE CHILD IS BLACK.....!!

    April 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Allen Peniston

    My penis is about average.

    April 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • PROV IT

      LOLOLOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      April 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Liz1388

    Those railings look *very* close together to me. Must've been a *very* skinny 2 year old, or perhaps she got up on a chair and climbed over the top rail?

    April 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pete

    A new sky diver for the marines when she grows up. Good she will go to school, college and get a job. if there are any jobs.

    April 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. webwork

    4th floor? tremendous job because the fall could have hurt them both

    April 23, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
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