Harlem Woman Jumps to Death with Baby in Her Arms But Child Survives

Steven Dominguez, 18, saw a woman jump to her death with her 10-month-old son in her arms in Harlem.

Steven Dominguez, 18, saw a woman jump to her death with her 10-month-old son in her arms in Harlem, New York.

Some people find it hard to cope with the issues that go on in everyday life, so they seek ways to get out.  But if you’re going to hurt yourself, why hurt your children or others?

Cynthia Wachenheim, 45, jumped from her apartment in The Sutton on West 147th St., while holding her 10-month-old son Keston. Neighbors say she is an attorney in Manhattan and was worried.  There were several witnesses to her fall that will never forget what they saw and the awful sound she made upon impact, according to the report from PIX 11.

Steven Dominguez, 18 and his mother were standing on the street when she came crashing down to the ground with her child.  He said the baby bounced off her chest on to the ground. Dominguez said his mother tried to pick the baby up to comfort him, but a detective on the scene said she was not allowed to do that.

“I heard a small scream when she was in the air, and then I heard a nasty bang,” said Steven Dominguez, 18, who lives nearby and was walking along Bradhurst Avenue. “It sounded like a big piece of wood hitting the ground.”

A man who lives a few doors over from Wachenheim said that she was in an argument with her husband said about three hours before she jumped.  He said:

“When I came home they were arguing,” he said while choking back emotions.  “And I actually stopped to listen and he was just screaming at her, screaming at her, the baby was crying and he just kept saying, ‘Why wouldn’t you pick up the phone? Why would you put that stress on me? Why? Why? Why? Why wouldn’t you pick up the phone? You know I’m under a lot of stress!”

This is a horrific mystery that will surely unfold over the next few days.  Check out the report. Thank God the baby survived the fall.

-J.C. Brooks



4 thoughts on “Harlem Woman Jumps to Death with Baby in Her Arms But Child Survives”

  1. First my prayers go up and out to the family. This nosey neighbor should not be putting this information out. Her husband is problem already feeling enough guilt over what has happened and for the nosely neighbor to open his mouth to the press is just not right. I’m glad the baby is alright.

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