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Cop catches baby thrown at him by fleeing suspect

Updated: July 26, 2011 4:58AM

A Chicago Police officer made a great catch early Monday when he snagged a baby thrown at him by a kidnapping suspect trying to flee.

Police were called to a domestic disturbance at about 12:30 a.m. Monday in the 1500 block of South Pulaski. While en route, the call was upgraded to a kidnapping, according to a police report.

When the officers got to the scene, witnesses pointed to a man in his 20s who they said had taken a baby, who was less than a year old.

The officers approached the man, who was walking down the middle of the street with the child in his hands. He then turned and threw the baby at an officer, who caught the child.

As the officer returned the baby to the waiting mother, the suspect began punching the other officer. A fight between the two officers and the suspects began and lasted several minutes before the man was arrested, police said.

Both officers were injured during the fight. They suffered cuts and one had a sprained shoulder. Both were treated at Mount Sinai Hospital and released.

The mother and baby, who did not appear to be injured, left the scene during the fight.

The relationship between the suspect and the woman and child was not immediately known.

Charges had not been filed as of Monday afternoon.

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