POMPANO BEACH — Bob Blount was home playing cards with his wife Friday when they heard a crash and saw a toddler come flying over an 18-foot wall and bounce twice in the grass near his back yard.
"I really thought that when I went outside, I would find a dead child," Blount said
Instead, Blount, 75, found the 1 1/2-year-old boy appeared to have suffered only minor injuries.
Blount said the child began crying and touching his arm as though it hurt. The boy tried to get up, but Blount had him lie down and covered him with a towel until Pompano Beach Fire Rescue paramedics arrived.
"I think he was a little bit stunned," Blount said.
The boy, Jacob Mentor, was treated at Broward General Hospital for injuries that weren't life-threatening, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
"It's really nothing short of a miracle," said Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Jachles.
The boy's mother, Roseline Jean-Baptiste, 28, of North Miami Beach, and 3-year-old sister were taken to North Broward Medical Center and were expected to be quickly released.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Jean-Baptiste was driving north on Interstate 95 when she tried to dodge debris in the road.
She told officials her car rolled several times before landing against an 18-foot, concrete sound barrier, Highway Patrol Lt. Gene Hingson said.
Jacob flew out and soared over the wall.
Hingson said all three passengers were wearing seat belts but neither child was in a proper child car seat.