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. banasy

    Be friends with him, if that's your choice...but you are worthy. For ANY man. And Philly is no just any man...he's phil! Remember when you said I shouldn't put myself down? You shouldn't either. You have many great qualities....your heart is one of the best thing about you, and you have heart in spades! Don't sell yourself short; I can recognize your goodness a thousand miles away. You're a beautiful person, dear Jazz, and please do not *ever* change who you are, ever.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    So why is it that you and everybody else who says it sees that but where is the man who is suppose to see at, HELLO OUT THERE WHERE ARE YOU. hehehehe, I stole Philips line. Hope you dont mind.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Oh, philly won't be scared off. You can always blame me! 😉
    He doesn't scare that esily; he's still my friend, remember? 🙂

    April 22, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    Ok, Banasy I will make it worth your while to leave your husband for me. 🙂 HEHEHEHEEHEH giggle

    April 22, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzzz

    Where is that wink on my computer. Also I cant seem to post anymore from my phone so I shall be calling my provider tomorrow.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. ole Lady

    We all know you are a fantastic person Jazzzzzz and want the best for you. They say when your not looking is when they find you. So keep your chin up.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    He'll find you, eventually. Some people are blind to goodness. Did I tell you I was friends with my hubs for 5 years before we started dating? And the rest is history. Sometimes the realization comes later...starting off as friends is a good thing, I m o.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. ole Lady

    Right on banasy!!!

    April 22, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy

    Welllll, Jazzy, if he left me for you, he would be continueing his good taste in women. But I have him chained in the basement. 😉

    April 22, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    You're all good, Jazzy! And you've still got your sense of humor!

    April 22, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzzz

    No I mean YOU BABY DOLL need to come to me and leave that man in the dust.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    I gotta go too, my gang of Lovely Ladies!

    Jazzy, get some zzzzzz's
    Ole lady, protect your hovercraft...ppl like the spinners.
    Raven, my sista, be good. *snicker*

    Love ya all!!

    April 22, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz

    Nite to all thanks for the love fest:)

    April 22, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    Nah, Jazz...maybe we could share? Being a man, I know he won't mind! 😉

    April 22, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzzz

    Opps BTW Banasy , I would love that friends first with a man , you are truly blessed.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
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