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Man throws 3-year-old son, himself off NYC roof

NEW YORK (AP) - A man involved in a custody dispute who was supposed to turn his 3-year-old son over to the boy's mother Sunday instead threw the child off the roof of a 52-story Manhattan apartment building before jumping to his death, police said.

Officers responding to an emergency call reporting two jumpers from the building on the Upper West Side around noon Sunday found Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, of Brooklyn, and the boy on the lower rooftops of two separate nearby buildings.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his son, Kirill Kanarikov, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, police said.

The boy's mother had custody of the child and the father, who had visiting rights, was supposed to hand the boy over to the mother at a police precinct Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

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.

Authorities said the father did not live in the building listed as South Park Tower, which is a short distance away from Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center.

Police investigating the deaths left the building in the mid-afternoon to photograph a gray Lexus RX350 parked nearby.

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.

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Associated Press writer Tom McElroy contributed to this story.

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Rodney Sumpter December 23 2013 at 3:34 PM

This is indicitive of the ominous importance of our family court judges. As a family law attorney it is absolutely necessary for family courts to be provided with the resources to have cases that have highly contested custody and other family court issues evaluated in short order before the judges or masters of the court in order that problems and tragedies such as this can be averted by early diagnosis and addressing of these emotionally charged issues. I am sure that there were indicators here, from arguments regarding custody, exchanges for visitation, support issues that will probably come out that were contributory to this heinous act, which perhaps could be averted with the proper and appropriate evaluation and intervention by the court or court services. However, with the limited resources that are provided to these most important of courts, that see people whose only experience with the court system is through family court, this will porobably not be the last time that the emotions of a bitter custody case will end up in the headlines.

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fullsrvlaw December 23 2013 at 4:12 PM

I hope that the father is rotating on a barbecue spit in hell right now and that his little son has his angel wings. How terrified that little boy was falling that great height. What a hateful act!

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Margaret Ann fullsrvlaw December 23 2013 at 4:21 PM

Have you no mercy???? Something must have been horrible wrong with this man.

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nitza2410 December 23 2013 at 1:59 PM

Very Sad innocent children paying the for there mistakes of the ones that supposed to be loving them and taking care of them.

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atomptom1108 December 23 2013 at 9:07 AM

It bothers me to read someone thinks this was due to the selfishness of parents. It was one parent that was the issue. There was a reason the exchange of children was at a police department. The other parent sensed pending danger. When someone wants to wreak havoc they often do. My heart pains for the 3 year old and the mom.

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Blanche atomptom1108 December 23 2013 at 9:10 AM

People that are suicidal often think about killing the children too.

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amanda_bowles Blanche December 23 2013 at 9:22 AM

is that really all you have to say? I hope the mother is not reading these.

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steve atomptom1108 December 23 2013 at 9:25 AM

just a thought but maybe the police station exchange was to protect the father. all the mother has to say is that the father threatened to punch her in the mouth and he loses visitation .some evil women out there

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Bernie steve December 23 2013 at 10:37 AM

Good thought…. I have a nephew whose baby I cared for in my home when she was 2 - 5 yrs of age and both parents were at work (or, as I found out later, the mother was off on a tryst with another suitor)….
DCF was involved as the child often had welts or bruises visible on her… and the mother’s explanation was always… "it was the father”…. and DCF of course believed her…. yet…
---when Mom showed up to pick up the baby, the kid would get fearful and run and hide and the mother would have to chase her down in the house and battle with her to get her to go.
—when Dad showed up to pick her up the kid ran happily to the door yelling “Daddy, Daddy!”………

Eventually the mother got a restraining order against the father…..
then one week later, on his birthday, went to the father’s place of employment and put a chocolate cake in his car with a note telling him to stop by and she would make his birthday special……
….yes, he was naive…. and he stopped by and she had already arranged for the neighbor downstairs to call the police when he showed up….. sometime after that she called the police to report a break-in and accused the father of being the culprit…. the police determined that the break-in was staged and no action was taken. So much for saintly motherhood…..

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automeris1 December 23 2013 at 4:13 PM

This happens too much in our troubled society. Man up and leave the child out of it. Sorry for the child and mother.

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Melinda December 23 2013 at 4:15 PM

People make no since. Why take the child's life? The child never did anything to anyone all he was doing was trying to hurt the mother!! It is insane!!

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estimatorone December 23 2013 at 1:33 AM

I have only the utmost contempt for the father who would
kill his son like that just to get back at the mother. There
is absolutely no redeeming reason for this selfish, self
centered individual, to do this to a child. Rest in peace
little man. I also send my deepest condolences to the
mother of that little boy. How does someone ever recover
from something like this?

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Judy December 23 2013 at 9:08 AM

this really just makes my heart ache and my stomach feel sick. :( RIP little one.

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mikeller3 December 23 2013 at 1:57 PM

Sadly this happens in custody battles where one parent uses the child as a weapon against the other parent. No one wins in these situations especially the poor child.

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laedbac1 mikeller3 December 23 2013 at 2:15 PM

So true. So many so called moms exploiting children and useing them as a weapon against a good and loving father.

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drkbgthik December 23 2013 at 1:56 PM

This is a very sad anf tagic story!!! Yes, who are we to judge, right!!! To judge a coward is horrible!!! This should have not happen to this child!!! To kill your own child and then yourself is a selfish and cowardly act to say the least!!! If you have a problem with not getting enough time with your child, then keep fighting for more time and show the courts you as a father deserves the right to have more time with your child! To make a poor ignorant choice to kill your child and then yourself for reasons unknown to us (I sure it was to get back at the mother or the system-Thinking "I will show them" attitude) is a punk move and it gets NO sympathy from me. I only have sympathy and prayers for the mother and family who have lost a son, brother, nephew, cousin with possibly a bright future ahead. As a father/parent, our children look to us to protect them and keep them save for harm, but NEVER to do harm to them!!!! The love children have for their parents is unconditional and equal unless a particular parent does something to change that love.

To Neruok1, How can you say, "I understand the motive" and "Some people are stronger than others". For you to say you understand the motive means you understand his reasons for doing what he did and its okay! Bad move! We need to change that way of thinking!!! There is ALWAYS another way of dealing with and resolving issues and senseless killing of a innocent child is not one of them! WAKE UP WORLD!!!

May God covent the mother and family and give them the courage and strength to overcome this tragic event in their lives! Though they will NEVER forget or understand why, Lord. Help ease their minds, hearts and souls as they deal with the loss of a loving child during this holiday season! Amen!

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Scooter drkbgthik December 23 2013 at 2:14 PM

Sometimes the mother with the help of an unfair court system takes advantage of the father and leaves him totally helpless. To understand the motive doesn't mean it is okay. It means that sometimes people are pushed to do things they wouldn't ordinarily do had they not been pushed. Men need more kindness and compassion from their spouses.

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