New York - New York City police say a father was alone
with his son for the first time since the breakup with his wife, when he threw
the young child off the roof of a building before jumping to his death.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on Monday it was
the first time Dmitriy Kanarikov had been allowed to take his son Kirill alone
since the breakup.
Police say he was supposed to turn over his son to his
estranged wife at a police precinct on Sunday.
Instead, police say he threw the 3-year-old off the roof
of a 52-storey building, and then jumped. Both died.
Officers responding to an emergency call reporting two
jumpers on Sunday found Kanarikov, 35, and the boy on the lower rooftops of two
separate nearby buildings.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his son was
pronounced dead at a hospital, police said. A witness said the boy was wearing
Luis Ortiz told the New York Post that he was at the
hospital when paramedics rushed the boy there and that they were pumping his
chest and working on him.
"You could tell he was slipping away. They said the
father was up there, but they didn't bring anyone else in. It was just
heartbreaking. I have two kids of my own. They tried to do the best they
could," Ortiz told the newspaper.
It's the second time this year that a parent and child
have been involved in a fatal plunge from a New York apartment building.
In March, a woman clutching her baby son in her arms
plunged eight stories out of a Harlem apartment window to her death, but the
10-month-old survived. Authorities found a suicide note in her home.