Detective lauded as hero in infant rescue

Mother said TV fell on child

INDIANAPOLIS - An off-duty Indianapolis police officer is being lauded as a hero Thursday after coming to the rescue of an 11-month-old boy.

On Wednesday, the mother of toddler Demetrius Jones ran into the courtyard of the Meadowlark Apartments on the far-east side screaming that a television had fallen on her child.

Detective David Miller heard her screams and sprang into action.

"To me it was an act of god," said Miller, who was working security at the apartments at the time. "I just happened to come out of the leasing office at the right time. I'm not a doctor, but if it had been a minute to 30 seconds later, he wouldn't have made it to the hospital."

While Miller is being lauded for his lifesaving efforts, other officers are investigating exactly how the child was hurt.

"We've been told that a TV fell on the baby somehow," said IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey. "The detectives are looking at that in conjunction with the Department of Child Services."

For neighbor Melissa Bell, that investigation takes a backseat to an officer, a gentleman and a lifesaver.

"He's like a hero. He's a God-sent angel that saved that baby's life," said Bell. "He went into action. 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."

 As of Thursday, the child was still listed in critical condition at Riley Hospital for Children.

Miller said he was a pre-med major at Purdue University before switching over to criminal justice. He credits that experience, and his police academy training, for preparing him for Wednesday's incident.

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