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Ashley Brown drops daughter from third floor of burning building


Ashley Brown, mother of a three-year-old girl rescued her daughter from a burning building by tossing her from a third-story window.

Ashley Brown, 23, from Stone Mountain, Georgia, said her first thought was to save her two babies when a fire broke out from a ground floor apartment, leaving the family trapped inside.

A video footage shows the frantic Ashley Brown manoeuvring her toddler down the building, after dropping her six-month-old son into a stranger’s arms.

Lawrence Fort caught the baby moments after a kitchen fire broke out in his apartment.

After pounding on neighbours’ doors to alert them of the fire, Lawrence Fort saw the family of three was trapped, grabbed a fluffy coat and yelled to the mother to drop her baby into his arms.

 

Ashley Brown, mother of a three-year-old girl rescued her daughter from a burning building by tossing her from a third-story window

Ashley Brown, mother of a three-year-old girl rescued her daughter from a burning building by tossing her from a third-story window

 

Ashley Brown said dropping the baby was “the most difficult decision of her life”, according to local TV station Channel 2.

The mother-of-two also told AJC.com: “Some people were saying drop him. And some people were saying don’t.

“He looked at me and I looked at him. I said <<Please catch my baby>>. He said, <<I promise I will>>, and he caught him.”

From the balcony, Ashley Brown dropped her baby, James. Then, the woman tied a rope to her three-year-old daughter Jayda’s waist and arm, and lowered the child to a crowd of neighbours.

The incident was captured on a cell phone with video showing the rope slipping from the toddler’s ankle and catching her at the ankle as the child tumbles into a crowd below.

Ashley Brown and her six-month-old son, James

Ashley Brown and her six-month-old son, James

Ashley Brown was reportedly helping her mother-in-law, Denise Watson, to safety when fire and rescue officials arrived to the scene, and she was rescued.


According to AJC, fire damaged the building in the 500 block of 3 Oaks Bend after starting at approximately 6:45 p.m.

DeKalb Police Officer Miguel Anchundia said authorities also helped two other women trapped in another apartment on the third floor.

It was reported that a cat also survived after being tossed from a third-floor window.

According to police, four people, including the children, were transported to a hospital in stable condition. AJC reports Ashley Brown’s both children are doing fine after the ordeal.