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Couple uses mattress to catch toddler falling from third-floor window

Posted at 1:21 PM, Mar 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-19 14:38:27-04

BURBANK, Calif. (WTVR) – Police credited a couple’s quick thinking for saving a toddler’s life Sunday morning.

Konrad and Jennifer Lightner were moving out of their Burbank, Calif. apartment when they spotted the three-year-old Yuri in a third-floor window.

Couple uses mattress to save babyMorgane Milligan told KTLA that her son is autistic and has difficulty communicating.

“My son pushed out the screen and decided it was really fun to throw toys out there,” she said.

“We were telling him to stay inside and to get his parents,” Konrad told KTLA. “Once we saw that his leg was going over the window, Jenni called the police.”

The couple happened to be moving a mattress and box spring under the window as they watched helplessly as the boy climbed out of the window, grabbed onto a telephone wire, and the started wailing because he could not get back inside.

“He started crying, and I knew he couldn’t get back to the window, so I was just getting ready for him to let go,”  Konrad said.

As a result, the couple positioned the mattress under the window to break the boy’s fall and Konrad stood by waiting to catch him.

The child was taken to the hospital, but did not have any major injuries.

The boy’s parents, who were unaware of what had happened, said they were eternally grateful to the couple.

“I’ll never be able to repay them for what they’ve done for us,” Milligan said.