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Man throws son, himself off New York City roof

24 December 2013, 06:58

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 Christmas pyjamas.

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.

- AP

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