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Video: Bus Driver Saves Autistic Child From A Three-Story Fall In Coney Island


A 7-year-old girl was saved by a New York City bus driver on Monday, after she lost her balance and plunged from the third story of a building in Coney Island.

The girl, Kayla, squeezed herself out of her family’s apartment at the Coney Island Public Housing Complex, and onto an air conditioning unit at about 2:10 p.m., policemen and witnesses told the Daily News.

She then began to dance and sing outside, while on the unit. A video posted by the Daily News shows that she lost control and fell after swinging one of her feet around the air-conditioning unit. Fortunately, her savior, Steve St. Bernard, 52, was nearby, and quickly ran and caught her in his arms.

“Please let me catch her, please let me catch her,” St. Bernard remembered thinking as she fell. “That’s all I could say. Let me catch the little baby,” he told NBC 4 New York.

St. Bernard was on his way home from work and headed to his own 7-year-old daughter when he stopped and saw Kayla on the air unit, said

A witness told the Daily News that the girls head hit a small bush after St. Bernard was knocked to the ground when he caught Kayla. Fire Department officials said that both were taken to Coney Island Hospital after the incident, according to

The Daily News said that St. Bernard was treated for a ripped tendon in his left bicep, and was then released from the hospital.

Kayla only suffered from minor injuries and is feeling fine.

“She’s fine,” said her mother, Shaleema McCree, to the New York Post. “Not a scratch on her. The man caught her, thank God. It’s a miracle.”

McCree told the Post that she had taken a younger son to the bathroom when Kayla, who is a small-framed autistic girl, pushed her way through the window.


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  1. It’s not easy raising a kid with autism. I’ve had to put alarms on all my doors and I wish he’d wear the GPS bracelet that sends me a text and an email when he goes out of range, and then tracks him.  He figures out all sorts of things in ways we never would have dreamed possible, and with his inability to speak, it’s really hard to figure out what the heck he is up to.  We work with a lot of people to keep him safe as possible, but who ever thinks a kid will do something like climb out on an air conditioner? (Or put cheese between two slices of bread and jam it in the toaster…)  “Elopment” is common with children on the spectrum, and the leading cause of death of those who do so? Drowning. Very, very scary.  Whenever we move we actually check out the nearest bodies of water. I live near a golf course and had to call to ask how deep the water hazards were (9 feet).

  2. The only thing disgusting about this is how everyone else is just watching. You’d think some of the people on the ground would’ve at least tried to run under her and lay down something to help break the fall or whatever. Nope, instead, let’s just stand around and look up at her. I guess it’s a saving grace (to a degree), you don’t see anyone in the video holding up a cellphone to snap a pic… also surprised the camera guy isn’t on the phone calling the cops (since we can hear the audio on their end).

  3. The one thing that is terrible about this is that the sprog didn’t splatter all over the ground. Shame on that pavement ape for catchiing her and costing more white people years of welfare contributions and gibsmedat!


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