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Mom, baby fall from apartment window

Harlem bullding fall

The woman and child fell from a window in this Harlem building. The mother died, but the baby was taken to an area hospital in critical, but stable condition.

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The 44-year-old mother who died Wednesday after jumping out of an 8th floor apartment window with her infant strapped to her chest, left a 13-page handwritten suicide note, according to reports.

Cynthia Wachenheim, who works as an attorney with the Manhattan Supreme Court, was on maternity leave to care for her 10-month-old son Keston Bacharach when she wrote the disturbing note.  According to a NY Times source, Wachenheim was convinced that “two shameful incidents” — in which Keston had fallen off a bed and off a play set — had damaged him for life, and she blamed herself for both.

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Cynthia Wachenheim and her husband Hal Bacharach (photo/Facebook).

She wrote that the two falls had caused Keston to suffer seizures and concussions, and that his behavior had been altered — even though her pediatrician, friends and family members didn’t see a change.  She claimed he was crying more than she was used to, and that he slept more.

Wachenheim wrote that the guilt of her son suffering because she had failed to protect him was what led her to the “evil” act she would commit.

On Wednesday, she strapped young Keston to her chest in a baby carrier, and dove out of the apartment she shared with husband Hal Bacharach.  Some witnesses would later report hearing a gunshot after mistaking the awful sound of her body hitting the ground.  Miraculously, Keston survived the fall — suffering only bruises.

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A neighbors who lives two doors down from the couple’s apartment told Pix11 he heard them arguing about three hours before she jumped.

Christian Johnson told Pix11, “When I came home, they were arguing. And I actually stopped to listen, and I heard screaming, and the baby was crying. He just kept saying why wouldn’t you pick up the phone, why would you put that stress on me? Why wouldn’t you pick up the phone, why, why? He was screaming, why, why?”

Harlem bullding fall

Neighbor Regan Connolly said, “I’ve lived in New York city for 30-years and I’ve seen all sorts of tragic accidents, killings.” Connolly says this is one death she just won’t be able to forget.

It was a sight that would stay with anyone.

An adult holding a baby – both of them plummeting out of an 8th story apartment building window Wednesday afternoon on Bradhurst Avenue in Harlem.

Police confirm the 45-year old mother died upon impact.

Her 1-year old son – miraculously survived.

Eyewitness Steven Dominguez told Pix11, “I heard like a small scream, like a yell, and I noticed something falling from the sky.”

“The baby bounced off her chest onto the floor, face down and was crying. My mother tried to pick up the baby, but there was already a detective there, and it was his responsibility after that. Yeah, I wish I never witnessed that. But I wish I nobody ever has to witness that. It’s disturbing, and horrible,” Dominguez said.

Harlem bullding fall

The woman and child fell from a window in this Harlem building. The mother died, but the baby was taken to an area hospital in critical, but stable condition.

Neighbors told reporters the woman was a lawyer and married.

This man says he lives two doors down from the couple’s 8th floor apartment…and tells Pix11 he heard them arguing about three hours before police say she jumped out of the window, while holding her baby.

Christian Johnson told Pix11, “When I came home, they were arguing. And I actually stopped to listen, and I heard screaming, and the baby was crying. He just kept saying why wouldn’t you pick up the phone, why would you put that stress on me? Why wouldn’t you pick up the phone, why, why? He was screaming, why, why?”

Neighbor Regan Connolly said, “I’ve lived in New York city for 30-years and I’ve seen all sorts of tragic accidents, killings.” Connolly says this is one death she just won’t be able to forget.

A law enforcement source tells pix11 they are investigating this a suicide, and that when the mother jumped out of the window – holding her son…that she was *alone* inside the apartment. Her infant son, is recovering at harlem hospital.

Tragedy struck a Central Harlem family as a mother and her ten-month-old son were found along Bradhurst Avenue near the corner of 147th Street shortly past 3 p.m.   An NYPD Captain on the scene told PIX 11 News that the mother and son fell from an eight-story window.

The woman died, but the baby survived.   The child underwent exams and is in critical but stable condition at a local hospital.  The child’s father and woman’s husband was not at the scene after the incident.

Harlem bullding fall

The woman and child fell from a window in this Harlem building.

A police officer on the scene said that the investigation was being treated as a suicide.

One neighbor told  PIX 11 News he heard the couple fighting all day, but did not here the shattering of the glass.

The couple had lived in the building for at least three years.

Harlem bullding fall

The woman and child fell from a window in this Harlem building.

UPDATED: A woman is dead and a baby hospitalized after falling from a Harlem apartment building window Wednesday afternoon.

Paramedics took the 1-year-old child and the woman to Harlem Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The apartment building is located at W. 145th St. and Bradhurst Ave.

CORRECTION: Due to erroneous information from sources, we incorrectly reported earlier that the child was dead.

 

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