baby rescued lehigh river]
Authorities say a mother and baby were rescued after witnesses reported seeing her throw the 1-yer-old boy into an eastern Pennsylvania river and then jump from a bridge.
According to NBC Philadelphia, the incident occurred Sunday afternoon at the Hamilton Street Bridge over the Lehigh River in Allentown.
Witnesses told police the 19-year-old mother, identified as Johnesha Perry, was pushing the baby across the Hamilton Street Bridge in a stroller around 1:45 p.m. Sunday when she stopped mid-span, took the child from the carriage and tossed him into the water, investigators said.
Capt. William Reinik said officers found the baby about 700 metres downstream and performed CPR. He said the baby and 19-year-old mother are in serious condition but expected to survive.
Police officers Joseph Iannetta and John Leonard were the first to arrive on the secen. They found Perry collapsed but conscious under the bridge, reports NewsMax. They then noticed the baby floating about 700 yards away, the newspaper reported.
Neighbors said Perry often made the trip across the river but she never did anything like that before.
In 911 calls obtained by NBC10, dispatchers can be heard giving locations on the mother and child.
“Be advised… they have recovered the child.
Reinik said police are investigating the case as an apparent attempted murder-suicide, but the investigation continues and no charges have been filed.