A 35-year-old man threw his 3-year-old son off an apartment building on the Upper West Side early Sunday afternoon and then jumped to his death, the NYPD said.
Dmitriy Kanarikov of Brooklyn and his son, Kirill Kanarikov, were found on the rooftops of two nearby buildings by NYPD officers, officials said. The father was pronounced dead at the scene, and the boy was declared dead at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, officials said.
Police responded to a call shortly after noon of a jumper at a 52-story apartment building. Soon afterward, they found Kanarikov on the roof of a building nearby, 425 W. 59th St., authorities said.
Kirill was found on the roof of a John Jay College of Criminal Justice building on the same block, a police spokeswoman said.
Police said Dmitriy Kanarikov had been involved in a custody dispute over his son. The boy's mother had custody, and Kanarikov was supposed to hand Kirill over to her at a police precinct Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
An NYPD source said the father and son were instead seen on a security camera entering the apartment building at 124 W. 60th St. at about 11:30 a.m. Kanarikov was separated from his wife and had Kirill for the weekend, an NYPD source said.
With Anthony M. DeStefano and The AP