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Baby Survives 8-Story NYC Fall; Mom Doesn't
Police say Cindy Bacharach jumped to her death, with her son
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 14, 2013 7:16 AM CDT
The New York City skyline and Hudson River are seen from Hoboken, NJ.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

(Newser) – A 10-month-old baby is miraculously alive today, after surviving a fall from an eighth-story Harlem apartment—by landing on his mother's chest. Cindy Bacharach, a 44-year-old lawyer, leapt out of her apartment window yesterday afternoon while clutching the child after an argument with her husband, police tell the New York Post. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The husband had apparently left the apartment an hour before her jump, sources tell DNAInfo.

"I heard a scream, a scared scream," one witness said. "I noticed a woman was falling. As she was coming down, she was coming down on her back. I saw the baby bounce on her chest and fall to the concrete. The baby started crying." Two policemen also witnessed the fall; they happened to be sitting in a squad car near the scene. A search of Bacharach's apartment yielded a "largely incomprehensible" 7-page suicide note in which she blamed herself for medical issues the baby has, sources tell the Post, saying she was suffering from postpartum depression.

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Neuman
Mar 14, 2013 10:10 AM CDT
She may or may not have been responsible for the child's medical issues, but she certainly is now.
GeorgeL
Mar 14, 2013 9:27 AM CDT
This is eerily similar to the story about the pregnant woman who tried to commit suicide, but instead her baby died and she survived. Mental illness and depression are nothing new to this world, a problem mankind has faced for thousands of years. But now days we have medications that can help alleviate these illnesses. It's a damn shame more people don't try to seek out this help that is available, instead of going this route. So sad... and sickening.
Seth_Meyers
Mar 14, 2013 8:05 AM CDT
Most likely a smoker. 90% of suicides are smokers, of course. More reasons to BAN THE ILLEGAL TOBACCO DRUG, NOW! More info. the conservative-run media doesn't want you to know: http://medicolegal.tripod.com/preventsuicide.htm