Heroes rescue Spokane toddler thrown down 50 foot embankment




Posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:43 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. --  There were two main heroes in the story of a toddler thrown down a Spokane embankment over the weekend.

One is a painter who saw the incident happen. The second is a man who happened to be walking by. The pedestrian said he scampered down the hillside in only 20 seconds to get to the child.

Felix Paul was out for a weekend walk with his kids when he heard a man calling for help.
"First, I asked him what happened, and he said, that he saw a mother threw her baby over the ledge." Paul said. "Sure enough, there was a baby lying on its back about 50 feet down."

Felix told KREM 2 News he immediately slid down to the small tree that had broken the child's fall and helped bring the one-year-old up to safety.

"The baby was crying. It was lying on its back. Blood was coming out of its nose. It was kind of banged up, scraped up," Paul said.

Paul's own children were also there. He said all he could think about was them.

"It was heart wrenching to see that somebody could do that to their own child. You don't think that people could do that."

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Paul said even more heart wrenching was seeing the woman accused of that terrible act.

"She was calmly sitting on the patio, just sitting there, no emotions. No reactions."

Felix told KREM 2 News he does not feel like a hero. Instead, Felix leaned on his faith and believes someone else was keeping the boy alive.

"God was watching out over him, because there's a lot of things that could have happened," said Paul.

KREM 2 News learned the child is out of the hospital and safely in the custody of Child Protective Services. CPS will now be looking for an appropriate relative or foster parent.