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

    Ooo , no NO NO , you didnt just say that. No I want my own man thank you very much. HUGS AND KISSES nite women.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. ole Lady

    Sweet dreams ya'll.

    April 22, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. power4things

    I think the mother needs to be more worried about Orange County Children's Services having a chat with her concerning the care and feeding of 2-year-olds, and maybe her "friend", too. I don't think there will be time for many lawsuits ...

    April 22, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. power4things

    This mother helps me start to undertand why they don't let Kinder Eggs into America ...

    April 22, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      The mother didn't do anything wrong. She left the baby in care with a friend who left the child on a balcony. That is one friend the mother need to let go...not buying the best friend storyline at all.

      April 22, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Seth

    Never leave your kids with friends. Period.

    April 22, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Frankenstein

      Thats ridiculous. No one is at fault. Quit thinking that way. Kids do crazy shlt all the time.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Fer Real, Ya'll

    Those blacks really take good care of their kids. I wonder if she's taught the kid how to use a gun yet.

    April 22, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    Could someone explain to me why Black and Hispanic kids seem to fall from windows all the time?

    April 22, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Juskin

      Can someone tell me why morons know how to use a computer. Actually let me guess...... Obama was the babysitter. Idiot.

      April 22, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Chapter 1 in the textbook "Robbery 101"......Planning your escape route after you're in......they practice a lot....

      April 23, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. jazzzzzzzzzz

    you are all a DISGRACE.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @Chriss: I don't know Chriss. Did your mother drop you on your head when you were a baby?

    April 22, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    @Mmmmm: I don't feel the mom did wrong eitherrrrr, u punk.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      hmm...ah good moody morning toya too Cesar!

      April 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    Please, I don't know who is behind the other Cesar. Please stop, I beg you.

    I am truly awed by this story and the wonder of God's miracles. It is very obvious that the English woman's hands were the hands of God and she, through God, saved this child from death.

    I don't feel any blame toward Helena Myles regarding Jah-Nea's terrible experience. It is very difficult these days to be a parent and we should not be critical of people involved in a thing like this. And if for some reason, she or her friend were truly at fault, I know deep in my heart that God will forgive them and provide them with the help they need.

    Thank God Jah-Nea is alive and well!


    April 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzzzz


      April 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy


    April 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey

    How many demons are here?
    Is it always worse on Good Friday?

    April 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy, aka...banasy

    I don't know.
    It's not always better on Good Friday, either.

    April 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. animalluv40

    wow jazzzzzzzz u must have nooooo life. just sit and coment all day. u left 90 percent of the comments..... WOW

    April 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
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