Christine Dawn King

On July 28, 2022, a 52-year-old woman was driving nearby when she came upon a man holding his 18-month-old daughter over the ledge of a Philadelphia highway overpass threatening to drop her to a concrete parking lot 40 feet below. Although she made several attempts, the girl’s mother failed to remove her daughter from his grasp. Christine Dawn King, a caretaker of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, stopped at the scene and grasped the assailant’s torso, pleading with him to give the girl to her. The assailant, who was armed with a concealed handgun, threatened to shoot King. While she backed away from him, she continued begging for him to hand over the girl. The assailant turned and, again, held the girl over the ledge. King wrapped her arms around his torso again to prevent him from dropping the baby. The mother also held onto her daughter. Police arrived shortly, and, while being held at gunpoint, the assailant gave the girl to the officer before he was taken into custody. The girl and King were uninjured.