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Heroic Pennsylvania woman saves baby during shocking interstate incident

Heroic Pennsylvania woman saves baby during shocking interstate incident

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on August 4, 2022. It has since been updated.


Trigger Warning: This article contains themes of domestic violence and child abuse that some readers may find disturbing.

A brave woman put her life on the line to save a child’s life in an incident in Pennsylvania. Christine King stopped a man from throwing his child off an interstate overpass while arguing with his ex-partner. King was driving on Interstate 95 in Northeast Philadelphia when he noticed the couple fighting. She knew something was wrong with the way she was holding the baby and yelling at the woman. King soon realized he was threatening to throw the child off the freeway overpass. King hit the brakes and pulled over. “I couldn’t pass after seeing the baby,” King said, 6ABC reported. “And after I saw him try to throw the baby over him, I couldn’t let him go.” He also had a gun on him, but that didn’t deter King, who wanted to protect the child.



King focused on reducing the problem and trying to get hold of the child. “I said, ‘Give me the baby.’ And I put my hand around the baby to pull it off the baby while she was trying to pull the baby off and I said, ‘Give me the baby,’” King said. “He said, ‘Get down my child, I’m going to shoot you. I will shoot you.” King struck a fine balance between reasoning and argument as she tried to calm the man down and stop him from throwing his child off the freeway overpass.

Large concrete bridge over a highway - stock photo/Getty Images
Large concrete bridge over a highway – stock photo/Getty Images

While she was arguing with the man, his ex-partner took the gun from him. “She went behind him, he was shaking so he didn’t know it was in his pocket and that’s when she pulled the gun out of his pocket,” King said. His ex-partner immediately pocketed the gun, but was still holding the child. While they had him locked up, authorities arrived on the scene, but it took them a while to even get their child off of him. “Then the police came and pointed their guns at him, but he wouldn’t let the child go,” King said, NBC Philadelphia reported.



Authorities arrested the man and later identified him as 35-year-old Raheem Murphy. He was charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping and endangering the welfare of children. According to the Philadelphia district attorney’s office, Murphy was also charged with endangering King and a Pennsylvania police officer who responded to the scene. Prosecutors said Murphy pulled a gun on his ex-partner during an argument and kidnapped her and their child. He then stopped on the overpass at the Cottman Avenue exit before waving the gun at her and threatening to throw the child off the overpass. Murphy is being held on $1.5 million bond and is under a mother-child restraining order. He will also be required to undergo a mental health assessment. King was asked if he was afraid of ever doing something like that again and said he wouldn’t hesitate even if it happened again. “I would do it again,” she said. “I didn’t see a gun, but when she took the gun from him, that’s when I saw the gun.”

Low angle view of the bridge against the clear blue sky - stock photo/Getty Images
Low angle view of the bridge against the clear blue sky – stock photo/Getty Images

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