NEW YORK (AP) — A woman holding a baby boy plunged eight stories out of an apartment window to her death in an apparent suicide on Wednesday, but the baby survived, police said.
The 45-year-old woman was found on the street with the baby in her arms. A police officer who responded took the baby, believed to be 10 months old, to a hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.
A window to the upper Manhattan apartment was wide open, and there were no signs of struggle inside, police said. No note was left, and there were no safety bars on the apartment's windows.
Area resident Steven Dominguez, 18, was walking to a grocery store with his mother, Adelina Dominguez, when he saw the woman fall.
"I heard a scream like a yell," Dominguez said. "When I got closer, I saw the baby crying."
He said the baby was face down.
"I was shocked," he said. "I couldn't believe it."
He said his mother went to pick up the baby but an emergency response person told her to stand back.