A father involved in a custody battle has thrown his three-year-old son off the roof of a New York skyscraper before jumping to his death.
Police responding to an emergency call reporting two jumpers from the 52-storey apartment building on the Upper West Side on Sunday found Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, and the boy Kirill on the lower rooftops of two separate nearby buildings.
The boy was wearing still wearing his Christmas pyjamas.
His mother had custody of him and the father, who had visitating rights, was supposed to hand him over to her at a police station on Sunday afternoon.
Luis Ortiz told the New York Post that he was at the hospital when paramedics rushed the boy there and they were desperately trying to revive 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," he said.
It is 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, but the 10-month-old survived. Police found a suicide note in her home.