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. Jazzzzzzzz

    Ahh, held my breath on this story. It is amazing though how kids have come out of situations such as this with out a scratch on them. I think its part of being unaware of the true danger their in and Gods hand through ppl like Beard. What about Animals who have been known to rescue humans. I remember a dog pulling a boy out of a raging river once. thanks for the feel good story tonight sprinkled in with the all to familiar downers.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankenstein

      Give credit to where credit is due; Helen Beard.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • nick

      this story isnt about you its about helen please stopposting stupid things.

      April 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ole Lady

    Helen was definitely the child's guardian angel. This is a refreshing story. And hello Jazzzzzz.

    April 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    Yes it isnt fun at all but I think i'm getting the hang of this place now. God to see ya 🙂

    April 21, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    Opps I meant "good" but God is better don't ya think?

    April 21, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. funkybunch

    Do ya think that great Mom will sue the hotel?

    April 21, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Probably; and she should win. That railing can't be to code. Code is less than a 4 inch gap which would be impossible to fall through even for an infant.

      April 23, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoHabsGo

      @Brian...what makes you so sure the little one went through the railing and not over it?

      April 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ole Lady

    For a good laugh by CNN check out the chart blog on article True Measure. I laughed so much.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    I keep missing you , AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    April 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzzz

    What's the chart blog ?

    April 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ole Lady

    I found it on CNN home page in the health section at

    April 21, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzzzzzzz

    Darn...I shouldn't have read that. Ooooooooo BOY. Nite folks

    April 21, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    As for this story, does anyone remember the person who caught the baby who fell out a window, bounced of the hotel's awning, and was caught by a passerby? Saw that video, truly amazing.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ole Lady

    I couldn't believe that a blog. I definitely had my eyes opened by CNN.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ole Lady

    So glad Helen looked up to see the baby hanging. And was able to reach her in time.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    DA.....M you ole lady , Now I cant sit still in my chair, LOLOLOL. The river is a flowin HEHEHE

    April 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ole Lady

    Only on CNN. Didn't know they gave anatomy classes too.

    April 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
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