The house is split into two apartments and the front door was locked, she said. So the two worked together, with Fleet telling the boy: “It’s OK buddy. Just stay put, stay by the wall.”
The man broke into the downstairs apartment through a screen window and then went upstairs into the upper-level apartment, where he grabbed the boy through a window, she said.
The boy’s mother was apparently napping with a newborn and someone else in the apartment had put the toddler down for a nap, Fleet said she was told.
Hamilton police confirmed the boy had been napping in his bedroom before he squeezed through an open window that did not have a screen.
After the man who rescued the boy came downstairs, Fleet said she wanted to make sure the toddler was OK and so she went upstairs herself. She knocked on the door and the shocked-looking mother answered with the toddler safely in her arms, she said.
At the building on Friday, a woman who spoke through a closed door wouldn’t comment.
The downstairs tenant said she was startled by a stranger breaking into her baby’s room while everyone was napping, but later understood it was for a good cause.
Hamilton police are reminding families to secure windows and doorways.
“It only takes a moment for a young child to put themselves in a dangerous situation,” Edwards said.