Man Throws Toddler From NYC High-Rise, Jumps

Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, was supposed to return child to mother

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff | Suggested by Ghille

Posted Dec 23, 2013 1:00 AM CST

(Newser) – A New York City man embroiled in a custody dispute threw his 3-year-old from the roof of a 52-story Manhattan apartment building on West 60th Street before jumping to his death yesterday. The two landed on two lower roofs of an adjacent building. Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, died at the scene; Kirill Kanarikov was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Kanarikov didn't live in the building, but the New York Post reports a friend may have been a resident.

Kanarikov had visitation rights with the child and was supposed to hand him back to his mother, who had custody, at a police precinct yesterday afternoon. The Post adds this awful detail: Kanarikov's Facebook page is full of photos of him with his child, and includes this post from September: "I want to be the best dad and husband. Nothing is more important to me right now." The AP notes it's the second time this year a parent has plunged from a New York City building with his or her child. In the March incident, the 10-month-old miraculously survived.

In this Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 photo, New York Police Department officers police walk in front of a high-rise apartment building where they said a 35-year-old man and a 3-year-old child died.   (AP Photo/Julie Walker)
People walk near the entrance to a high-rise apartment building.   (AP Photo/David Torres)
A high-rise apartment building, upper left, is seen after the NYPD said a 35-year-old man and a 3-year-old child died after plummeting from the building in New York on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.   (AP Photo/David Torres)
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