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Alert Newburgh Heights police officer saves toddler from roof

Newburgh Heights Patrolman Mike Marniella was in the right place at the right time. (Source: WOIO) Newburgh Heights Patrolman Mike Marniella was in the right place at the right time. (Source: WOIO)
The toddler managed to crawl onto the roof of this house. (Source: WOIO) The toddler managed to crawl onto the roof of this house. (Source: WOIO)
NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

A toddler's life was saved thanks to an alert Newburgh Heights police officer.

On Wednesday, Newburgh Heights Patrolman Mike Marniella was on routine patrol. Enjoying the beautiful weather, he was driving with his windows down. 

"I heard a child yelling, crying, looked to my left and did a double take and saw a 2- year-old old standing on the roof," said Marniella.
 
As he approached the house, he flipped on his body camera.

"You okay? Stay right there, okay? Stay right there," you hear Marniella ask while putting his hands out in the air.

"My first thought: Okay, he's young. He might not understand what I'm saying to him. So let's just do that. I said, 'stop,'" said Marniella.
 
Although you can't see him in the video, an 18-month-old boy was standing on the roof of the porch, dangerously close to the edge.
 
"When I first saw him he was standing up a little higher by the window area and I put it in park. He was coming closer to the edge and I thought 'Oh geez. Here we go,'" said Marniella.
 
Seconds after Officer Marniella got to the house to catch the child if necessary, you can hear the toddler's mother from the window realizing the situation.
 
"Oh my God," you hear the mother on the body camera video.

"Yeah. Oh my God," Marniella replies.

Then the mother scoops up the child and all is safe. She tells the officer she had been cleaning and lost track of the child. She even shows officers the bedroom where the child must have crawled onto the bed and out the open window with no screen.

"This could have gone completely the other direction?" 19 Action News Reporter Dan DeRoos asks the officer.

"Oh absolutely. When you hear the term 'right place right time,' I think that was it," said Marniella.

Police determined this was a pure accident and no charges will be filed. 

The family spoke with reporter Dan DeRoos, and although they did not want to be a part of our story, they did express how truly thankful they are for Officer Marniella's help.

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