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  • 23 December 2013, 17:49

Man Throws Son Off Building And Kills Himself

A man who had recently separated from his wife threw his three-year-old son from the roof of a high-rise, before jumping to his death moments later.

Dmitry Kanarikov, 35, was killed instantly while the boy was taken to hospital in a critical condition but died shortly afterwards.

Kanarikov, from Brooklyn, had picked up his son Kirill from his wife at 10am on Sunday.

The wife was due to pick him up at 1pm at the station, a neutral location chosen by the couple.

It has been reported that Kirill was at the centre of a bitter custody battle, which may have triggered the apparent murder-suicide.

Surveillance video seen by detectives showed the father and son walking to the building.

Moments later witnesses described seeing a body falling past their apartments.

Residents said the roof was not locked, meaning anyone who knew the way there could gain access.

One resident Jim Millman, 62, told the New York Times: "When you're up on that roof, it's an incredible panorama.

"My wife and I have said, it is so - not to say dangerous - but open."

Police believe the man was possibly drawn to the building because he had a friend who may have lived there.

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