Father and Son, 3, Plunge from Roof

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NEW YORK (CNN) — A father and his 3-year-old son plunged from the roof of a 52-story Manhattan building on Sunday, according to the New York Police Department.

The case is still under investigation, but Sgt. Lee Jones told CNN it appears that Dimitriy Kanarikov dropped the toddler off the roof before leaping to his own death.

Following several 911 calls, police arrived on the scene at noon to find the body of Kanarikov and his unconscious son, who was later pronounced dead, on the roofs of two buildings on West 59th Street, according to police.

Kanarikov, 35, had limited visitation rights with his son, Kirill, since his estranged wife was awarded custody in September, said police.

The child’s mother was waiting for Kanarikov to bring their son to the previously arranged location of the 17th Precinct station house at 1 p.m. on Sunday, according to Officer Christopher Pisano.

The Ukraine-born Kanarikov is seen on surveillance video Sunday morning guiding his young child into the lobby of the Upper West Side building at 124 W. 60th St., Pisano said. He was not observed being stopped by anyone or speaking to anybody in the video.

Police arrived to discover the toddler unconscious on a roof by himself suffering from severe trauma, according to the NYPD. The child was rushed to nearby Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An eyewitness told CNN affiliate NY1 that emergency responders did everything they could, but it was too late.

Witnesses reported seeing something fall from above and then hearing a “thump,” said Pisano, and another caller was able to see the bodies using binoculars.

There may have been red flags in the past, according to Pisano. Kanarikov’s wife filed an order of protection against her husband in September. The temporary order expired in October and was never renewed, said Pisano.

Earlier this month, police were called after a domestic dispute between the couple, Pisano said. Kanarikov was the one who dialed 911, according to Pisano.

Kanarikov was also arrested in 2000 in New York, but the records are sealed, Pisano told CNN.

Pictures posted on Kanarikov’s Facebook profile display smiling faces and what appears to be a happy family. The three seem playful on a beach in pictures posted on September 15.

“I want to be the best dad and husband – nothing is more important to me right now,” Kanarkov posted on the site along with photos of his wife and son.

11 comments

  • MrsLittle

    my thing is, if you don’t value your life, then TRY to have some common respect for those that value theirs. This man didn’t love his child or his wife or even hisself for that matter, doesn’t matter what was on facebook he obviously was crazy. He should’ve called the child’s mom or handed the baby over to somebody else, but to kill the child???? The ground should’ve opened up soon and this man jumped, he went face first right where he headed. God heals all!

  • John

    To of such a story is not worth a second beat of my heart but it does represent a realism of things and no matter how much individuals would call him names and hate his actions they teach a lesson and for most that lesson will be over looked for reason that a child was involved hmm…such a lost and sensative society that misinterprets so much a fail to realize its on poisonous was so engulfed by ignorance and arrogance and I see many more cases like this in the future because in America the logical is illogical and the rational are illrational and the intellectual are considered the ignorant they will always fail to see that the father is not a enemy but rather a victim just as the son was.

  • Phil Mann

    my problem is how was he able to on the roof of the building…you would think after 911 that they would have better security from preventing anyone on any roof of any building….

    • Brandy

      Cindy, the roof the freak through his kid off and then jumped off was 52 stories, they most likely landed on top of another shorter buildings roof. It’s New York and probably buildings are all close together

  • Patricia V

    Its a shame that people feel there’s no way out but to commit suicide and to take your own child with you is absolutely crazy. This man obviously needed help long before he did this. I truly feel for the mother and the family my prayers are with you!

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