Toddler survives being ejected from car, soaring over 18-foot wall in Pompano Beach
Bob Blount says he was home playing cards with his wife when they heard a crash and he saw a toddler who had been ejected over an 18-foot wall bounce twice in the grass near his backyard Friday.
"I really thought that when I went outside, I would find a dead child," Blount said
Instead, Blount, 75, witnessed what one official called "nothing short of a miracle." The 1-1/2-year-old boy ejected from a car that crashed on Interstate 95 appears to have suffered non-serious injuries.
Blount said he stayed with the child, who began crying and touching his arm as though it hurt. He said the boy tried to get up, but he had him lay down and covered him with a towel until Pompano Beach Fire Rescue paramedics arrived.
"I think he was a little bit stunned," Blount said.
The boy, Jacob Mentor, was being treated at Broward General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. A hospital spokeswoman said the child was in stable condition.
"It's really nothing short of a miracle," said Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Jachles.
His mother, Roseline Jean-Baptiste, 28, of North Miami Beach, and 3-year-old sister were taken to North Broward Medical Center and were expected to be released Friday afternoon.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jean-Baptiste said she was driving on I-95 northbound in a red Chevy Cobalt when she saw debris in the roadway near the Copans Road exit just before noon.
She told officials she tried to avoid the debris, but her car swerved and rolled several times before it stopped at the 18-foot concrete sound barrier along the interstate, FHP Lt. Gene Hingson said.
Jacob was ejected from the car and soared over the wall, landing near the Blounts' backyard in the Leisureville development.
The couple, who participate in the sheriff's Citizen Observer Patrol program, said they used what they learned in training to respond to this emergency.
Janice Blount called 911 and Bob Blount raced to the baby's side.
Hingson said all three passengers were wearing seatbelts. However, neither the girl nor the boy was in a proper child car seat, he said.