A toddler came within inches of plummeting 100 feet to his death after climbing on to a high-rise flat balcony as his mother slept inside.
Dramatic footage showed the two-year-old crawling along, and sitting on, the balcony's ledge eight storeys up, while horrified passers-by looked on.
One terrified onlooker was so concerned that she filmed the boy nonchalantly peering down and dangling his legs over the drop.
Neighbour Debbie Green said: 'I was talking to my son's girlfriend on our front door when she looked up behind me and said: 'there's a baby up there on the balcony.'
'I turned round and saw the kid up there just playing on the balcony with no protection - I thought he was going to fall, I was sure he was going to die.
Debbie's husband John, added: 'After the police went round the father just calmly walked onto the balcony and moved the chair They didn't seem that phased by it all.
'I'm amazed the kid was able to keep his balance up there.
'One of our neighbours said he wanted to go and do something, but we realised if he had then the child might have leant to look at us and fallen - so we waited for the police to come.
'There are loads of people who would like to have kids and then there are these people who let their children play on a balcony and ignore them.
'He's obviously been up there several times before because he was incredibly careful to climb down.'
John said he felt like he was about to film a child's death.