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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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lou2school December 23 2013 at 8:42 AM

The evil that humans are capable of is becoming more ane inconceivable and incomprehensible. The more we push God out of our society, the more we let the Devil in.

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bmlbq122 lou2school December 23 2013 at 8:49 AM

amen!!!!

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kingscareerinst lou2school December 23 2013 at 8:56 AM

Amen!

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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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Larna J. Keane; December 23 2013 at 9:15 AM

The devil is able to enter into the hearts of people who are lost, and who are angry, but cannot combat evil without God's Spirit. Sick? Unbelievers? God can heal all. The little boy; he is in paradise ........... poor mom. Poor family. So sorry. devil wins again.

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avercos December 23 2013 at 9:16 AM

Tragic.

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Blim Blam Blunk December 23 2013 at 9:20 AM

...Divorce is hard enough no matter how routine it has become but divorce with children is much more painful and psychologically debilitating to all parties, especially the children and the person who feels abandoned or betrayed if such a feeling exists...Things that are rooted in ego and basic selfishness on all sides in any situation often turn out badly if not horrible or catastrophic...TeachYour Children Well and perhaps save them...By example.

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mmbwildwmn December 23 2013 at 9:26 AM

What is wrong with these vengeful parents?!! If you want to die, that's your choice, but it isn't your child's choice. One final selfish act. Sad!

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Go DaddyO Go Go December 23 2013 at 9:27 AM

All the comments and opinions. There is no excuse, there is no reason for taking the life of a child. Period.
Prayers for the family, the child and even the father. Only God knows what was inside his heart and his head when he made such a tragic decision.

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Theresa December 23 2013 at 9:32 AM

Just heartbreaking to hear .

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jeplag December 23 2013 at 9:32 AM

we as a society think what we do is our business but with so many people in this world we need to know what is going on around us ...I agree with the person who said so sad for the mom losing her child at especially at this holiday she will never forget

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maryorner December 23 2013 at 9:37 AM

Another example of the degeneration of the human race. Animals, those beings that we call dumb and not as importants as the superior humans, take better care of their young than we do. Animals will protect their young ones to the death. Humans may protect their young ones if its convenient and they do not have to give up too much.

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