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Swampscott Man Rescues Toddler From Roof

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A boy was rescued from the roof of this Swampscott home on Monday.

A boy was rescued from the roof of this Swampscott home on Monday.

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SWAMPSCOTT (CBS) – A Swampscott man may have saved a toddler’s life when he plucked the young boy from a roof on Monday.

Todd Flannery heard crying while he was out walking with his own child. He realized it was coming from 15 feet off the ground, on a flat roof, from a little boy who may have kicked out a screen.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

“So I put my son down, and ran over…climbed up onto the roof, and grabbed the baby,” said Flannery. “And when I got down, the fire department was there…and I gave the baby back to his mom.”

Three-year-old Hayden Potter had managed to open the second floor window in his bedroom, and climbed out onto a roof.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Flannery climbed up the porch, grabbed the boy, and brought him down. He says he knocked on the door of the house and no one answered.

The fire department showed up a few minutes later and they were able to locate the child’s mother, who was inside the home.

“Michelle (his mother) said she was busy making food for her other two kids, and Hayden asked to go upstairs and get his blanket. The next thing she knew, I was there with her son,” said Flannery.

She will not be charged with any crime.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.

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