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Baby falls eight stories, survives

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   March 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM   |   Comments

March 14 (UPI) -- Manhattan lawyer Cynthia Wachenheim held her 10-month-old baby son in her arms as she jumped out of the eighth-floor window of her Harlem apartment building Wednesday.

Wachenheim died at the scene, though her son, Keston, survived the fall when he "bounced off the body," police sources told The New York Post.

Wachenheim left behind a seven-page suicide note calling herself a bad mother. A police source described it as "mostly rambling."

DNAinfo interviewed Stephen Dominguez, 18, who witnessed the fall, and his mother:

"I wish I never saw this," he said. "I realized she was coming down but I just didn't believe it."

Dominguez's mother, Adelina Dominguez, 45, raced to the baby to try to help him.

"I saw the baby on the ground and I tried to pick it up, to comfort it, but the police told me not to," she said.
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