Man Who Threw Son Off High-Rise 'Wanted the House'

Dmitriy Kanarikov was locked in bitter custody battle

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 23, 2013 4:28 PM CST

(Newser) – The New York City man who yesterday threw his 3-year-old son off a high-rise and jumped after him, killing them both, had threatened to take the child in a bitter custody dispute, the New York Daily News reports. Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, had demanded that his wife, Svetlana Bukharina, give him their house. "The precise nature of the threat was that unless she signed over the house to him that he was going to take the child," said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. "There was a history of domestic turmoil."

Bukharina had even taken out an order of protection against him, Kelly said. An unnamed source quoted in the New York Post says Kanarikov also threatened to kill their son, Kirill, if she didn't sign the house over. "And then he did what he did," the source said. In the breakup last year, Kanarikov was granted only supervised visitation of Kirill—but that supervision ended yesterday. "The little boy had Christmas pajamas on," a building maintenance worker said. "They were working on him, but nothing. You could tell that he was already slipping away."

The body of Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, is removed from 425 west 59th street, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in New York.   (AP Photo/David Torres)
People walk near the entrance to a high-rise apartment building after the New York Police Department said a 35-year-old man and a 3-year-old child died after plummeting from the building in New York.   (AP Photo/David Torres)
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