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Jan 26, 2013 7:13 PM by Zach Thaxton

Man arrested for dangling 3-year-old off apartment balcony

A man who police say dangled a 3-year-old boy from the third-floor balcony of a Colorado Springs apartment complex will face charges of child abuse and reckless endangerment.  Police say Mario Flores, 28, was extremely drunk when they arrived at his apartment at the Vistas at the Citadel on East Bijou Street around 3:20 p.m. Friday.  Officers were called because someone noticed Flores was very drunk and had three children in his care.  When police arrived, they spotted Flores dangling the boy over the third-floor balcony railing.  Four officers yelled at Flores to set the boy down and two of the officers waited below just in case the boy was dropped.  The other two officers raced up the stairs and Flores then brought the boy back over the railing and placed him in an apartment.  Flores was immediately arrested.  The children were returned to their mother unharmed.

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