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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Father Drops Toddler From NYC High-Rise, Jumps To His Death

A father tossed his toddler from a 14th floor window of an Upper West Side high-rise apartment building and then jumped after himself – killing them both, police said.

The unidentified 35-year-old dropped his 4-year-old child then leapt from an open window just after noon at the 52-story South Park Tower at 124 W. 60th Street. They both landed on the roof of John Jay College next door.

Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The child was taken to the hospital, and pronounced dead there.

A witness said the boy was wearing Christmas pajamas.

“They were pumping his chest and working on him, and nothing,” said Luis Ortiz, who was at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, a block away from the scene, when paramedics rushed him in.

“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.”

A source said the boy and his father did not live in the building.

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