Father Jumps From High Rise Apt After Dropping 4 yr Old Toddler

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A distraught dad tossed his toddler off the roof of a 52-story apartment building on the Upper West Side on Sunday, then jumped himself — killing them both, law enforcement sources said. Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, of Brooklyn was supposed to hand over his 4-year old son to his estranged wife at a Manhattan precinct amid a bitter custody dispute between the couple, sources said. Instead, the systems developer went to the top of the South Park Tower, across from St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital on West 60th Street, with his son, Kirill, and pitched the boy to his death before making his own fatal leap. A source said Kanarikov, an immigrant from the Ukraine, may have had a friend who lived in the building. The dad’s body was found on a fourth-floor landing of a John Jay College building next door to the apartment high-rise, while the boy’s was recovered from a sixth-floor landing of the same structure. Authorities believe that the dad tossed the boy and then jumped because of the distance between their bodies and the fact that the father’s was found closer to the building, indicating he had more direct drop, sources said. Police said Kanarikov was pronounced dead at the scene. The child was taken to St. Luke’s and pronounced dead there.“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.” Kanarikov’s Facebook page is filled with smiling photos of him with his wife and child. “I want to be the best dad and husband,” he said in a September post. “Nothing is more important to me right now.”

Story Courtesy of Jamie Shram, Reuven Fenton, and Daniel Prendergast, New York Post

 

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