NYPD: Dad threw son, self off roof amid custody battle
A man who police said killed his 3-year-old son by tossing him off a Manhattan building before jumping to his death had threatened to "take" the child if his estranged wife wouldn't sign over property, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said Monday.
Dmitry Kanarikov, 35, of Brooklyn, had been separated from his wife since August and had been seeing his son, Kirill, under a supervised protection arrangement until Sunday, when he was able to take the boy without any supervision, noted Kelly.
After picking up the child at the 17th Precinct, a location that apparently had been worked out by attorneys for the couple as a meeting point, Kanarikov went to a building at 124 W. 60th St., said Kelly. It was there that Kanarikov, who seemed to have an acquaintance living at the location, is believed to have tossed his son from the roof and then jumped, Kelly said.
Kelly said that Kanarikov had told his wife that unless she signed over their house and other property to him that "he was going to take the child." Kanarikov never threatened to kill the boy, Kelly added.
Kanarikov's body was found on the roof of 425 W. 59th St., while Kirill's was discovered on the roof of 445 W. 59th St., police said. The different landing points for each body led police to surmise that Kanarikov threw his son first before jumping. Police first learned of the tragedy around noon on Sunday.
Kelly didn't identify the mother, whom he described as distraught. The couple, who one official said came from the Ukraine, married in 2009, while Kirill was born in 2010, said Kelly.
Kelly said there was a history of domestic "turmoil" in the family, but that it wasn't clear if there was any previous violence.