In what has to be one of the most horrible and unthinkable things we've ever heard, reports are saying a man jumped to his death from a New York City building today with a young child around the age of three or four, who is presumed to be his son.
The incident occurred at a residential building located at 124 West 60th Street in Manhattan just after 12 p.m. There are conflicting reports from eyewitnesses on how high the pair fell from -- though some believe it was out of a window on the 14th floor. However, other witnesses report seeing the bodies fall past them on the 29th floor. It is also not clear whether the man threw the child or jumped with him in his arms -- or if this was some sort of accident. Police have not confirmed any reports yet.
And while the man died at the scene, the little boy reportedly survived the initial jump -- but sadly died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.
One witness says he saw the poor child being wheeled past him while being worked on by paramedics -- and that he was wearing Christmas pajamas.
The identities of the boy and father have not been released, as family members have yet to be notified.
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This is so devastating and horrific, I'm not even sure where to begin. I can't imagine how terrified that poor, innocent little boy -- who was no doubt so excited about Christmas -- must have been. This is so incredibly sad -- and could not have happened at a worse time.
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I will be keeping this boy's family in my prayers for sure. May they be able to find some sort of peace during this tragic and awful time.
What words of sympathy would you send to this boy's family?
Editor's Note: According to new reports, the man has been identified as 35-year-old Dmitriy Kanarikov. Police say he threw himself and his 3-year-old son from the roof of a 52-story building. It's believed his actions stemmed from a custody battle.
Please call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in case you are worried about yourself or someone else.
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