Officers were about to arrest the 42-year-old man in a garage in southern Sweden when he threw his own son at an approaching policeman.
“The child went in a loop in the air,” one of the officers said during an interrogation, according to the Metro newspaper.
As luck would have it, the alert officer managed to grab hold of the child’s leg mid-air, preventing the infant from hitting the pavement with only centimetres to spare.
Previously, the Ystad District Court had thrown out one of the charges against the 42-year-old, but the court of appeal overruled the lower court, finding there was a significant risk that the baby could have hit the floor and been seriously injured.
Following the appeals court ruling, the man’s sentence was increased from 12 to 15 months in prison for endangering his child’s life. The court also upheld his previous convictions for abusing his girlfriend and several of their children.
The 42-year-old had previously left Sweden after the initial court ruling, but was arrested in mid-December and extradited in accordance with a European arrest warrant.