INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) –An off-duty detective saved an 11-month-old baby boy on Wednesday after a TV fell on the baby at Meadowlark Apartments. Neighbors at the apartment complex are thanking Detective David Miller for his quick thinking.
Miller was working off-duty security at the apartments when he heard cries for help. He found a mother screaming that her baby, Demetrius Jones, wasn’t breathing. Miller said Jones was already turning blue by the time he started CPR.
Miller continued CPR and started to see signs of life in the child before medics arrived on scene.
“If you asked me what it felt like, it felt like an eternity but it was probably just a couple minutes,” said Miller.
Once they got there, they were able to get the baby to the hospital. Detective Miller said if it had taken one minute longer to start CPR, the baby likely wouldn’t have survived.
Neighbor Melissa Bell watched the chaos on Wednesday afternoon and ran to hug Detective Miller when she saw him on Thursday.
“I feel so grateful. Because the baby could have died, he would have been dead already,” said Bell.
Bell called Miller a hero, and said the neighbors are working to give him a gift of appreciation.
“He’s just a God-sent angel that saved that baby’s life. He didn’t care about the blood being on him, he didn’t care about nothing. All he cared about was saving that baby’s life,” said Bell.
Detective Miller only works about 8 hours a week at the apartment complex. Several people there on Thursday called it “divine intervention” that he just happened to be working at that moment.
“To me it was an act of God, honestly,” said Miller.
Detective Miller said it was his training, combined with adrenaline, that kept him going. He said his focus was so intense, he couldn’t even hear the commotion going on around him.
“I didn’t really think at all. I kind of acted. Without that training, it wouldn’t have happened so smoothly. There was never really any question of what to do,” said Miller.
As of Thursday afternoon, the baby was still in critical condition. There is an ongoing investigation into the incident. Police said they do believe the incident was accidental, but Department of Child Services teams are still investigating.