This is just so terrible! A little boy, 3, was killed in a terrifying way by the person he trusted most, his own father. Dmitriy Kanarikov threw his son off the roof of a 52-story NYC apartment building after losing a bitter custody battle.
Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, threw his little boy, Kirill, 3, off the roof of a NYC skyscraper on Dec. 22, then jumped himself, after losing custody of the child to his estranged wife, Svetlana Bukharina. Kanarikov was supposed to have been meeting his estranged wife to hand over the child, when he instead went to the top of a friend’s apartment in NYC’s Upper West Side. There, the angry father was spotted by security cameras, leading his son Kirill to his death.
Dad Pushes Son Off Roof — New York Man Jumps From High Rise After Dropping Son
Dmitriy Kanarikov was seen on the building’s security cameras leading his son by the hand to the top of friend’s high rise apartment building instead of meeting his estranged wife to exchange their son after an arranged visit. The dad pushed his son from the roof, and he landed on the roof of a John Jay College building next door. Kanarikov then jumped himself, plunging straight down.
Young Kirill survived the fall, but died at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital just minutes after paramedics rushed him in. He was dressed in his Christmas Disney Cars pajamas when he arrived at the hospital.
“They were pumping his chest and working on him, and nothing” Luis Ortiz, a witness at the hospital, told The New York Post. “It was just heartbreaking … They tried to do the best they could.”
Estranged Wife Mourns Son, Reveals Bitter Custody Battle
The little boy’s mother, Svetlana, is understandably “a mess,’’ after the tragic loss of her son, a law-enforcement source told The New York Post. She told police that her husband had previously “threatened to kill himself and then kill our child,” a source told the site.
This tragedy is especially shocking as Kanarikov publicly professed his love for his family just months before taking his own life and his son’s. “I want to be the best dad and husband — nothing is more important to me right now,” according to a message he posted to Facebook in Sept. 2013.
Our thoughts are with the little boy’s mother and the rest of the victims’ families at this difficult time.
— Kristine Hope Kowalski