A three year old boy skin to his death from a Harlem apartment building Saturday morning after neighbors and witnesses said they heard adults arguing from the 29th floor as his devastated mother yelled “my baby, my baby, he’s up there,” from the street below.
The boy, who has not been identified as of Wednesday, fell onto a fifth-story scaffolding from the 29th-floor balcony of an apartment in the Taino Towers residential complex on Third Avenue between East 122nd and 123rd Streets, according to the New York Post.
A neighbor told the outlet he heard a loud “boom” sound as the toddler landed, at first mistaking the noise for construction.
“It sounded like something really heavy. It looked like a construction,” said Tangerine Castro, who lives on the 23rd floor, about the thunderous noise. ”
We just started searching and everyone started coming out of their building,” he said. “Everyone upstairs who could see down, saw the little boy in the yellow shirt. He was crushed on the scaffolding.”
The boy’s mother was screaming in the street below, while the father “ran downstairs crying”
Other neighbors and witnesses said the boy’s father “ran downstairs crying,” before trying to climb onto the scaffolding to get to the boy, but was unable to do so, The Post reports.
Neighbor Alexander Townsend The Post that the boy’s mother was yelling “my baby said, my baby, is he up there?” after the child’s tragic fall.
“She was sitting on the floor in her socks,” Townsend said of the boy’s mother. “She was screaming, ‘My baby, my baby, he’s up there.’
Nidia Cordero, 58, a foster mother who lived on the 34th floor of the building, told the Post that her children heard a “big fight” between adults on the floor 29 minutes before the boy fell.
“When you look towards the terrace you see the body of the baby. He was in diapers and a T-shirt,” Cordero said. ”
Then you hear screams,” he added. “I think the mom was screaming and I looked over and the baby was on the scaffold.”
The boy was taken to nearby Harlem Hospital, where he was finally pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m., according to the NYPD. Preliminary reports indicate that the boy’s fall was accidental.
A history of domestic violence in the boy’s home, neighbors say
The neighbor said she had seen the boy earlier in the building’s elevator with his father, telling The Post the boy often seemed “withdrawn,” adding that she knew of domestic violence issues in the family.
The NYPD, meanwhile, would not comment on the domestic violence allegations but said an investigation into the incident is underway.
Tangerine Castro, 33, who lives on the 23rd floor, told The Post that the balconies are at least 30 years old and currently being replaced, and that the balcony screens are also old.