A former Playboy centerfold involved in a custody battle apparently jumped with her 7-year-old son to their deaths from the 25th floor of a Manhattan hotel, reports the AP. Stephanie Adams and son Vincent checked into the penthouse suite of the Gotham Hotel about 6pm Thursday, police said. They fell 23 floors and were found on a second-floor balcony about 8:15am Friday in the rear courtyard of the hotel. Adams was reportedly involved in a custody dispute with her estranged husband, Manhattan chiropractor Charles Nicolai. Police had been called to their home several times in the last few months. Adams and her husband had been in "a very tough custody case," said Raoul Felder, a divorce lawyer who represented her for a time. Adams was the "Miss November" centerfold in 1992.
The standoff was contentious enough that the former couple handed off their son to each other at a police precinct, an arrangement that's unusual but not unheard of, Felder said. Felder said he had been friends with Adams for 20 years but stopped representing her in the divorce case a couple of months ago. Recently, she had been hoping to go to Europe to be with a boyfriend there, and that had become an issue in the case, he said. Still, "she was never depressed while I knew her. She had certain problems, but depression wasn't one of them," Felder said. Her husband's lawyer didn't immediately respond to an inquiry about the case.
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