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NY woman holding baby falls eight stories to her death, child survives

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Police respond after a woman and her baby are found after a fall out a New York window on March 14, 2013. (Photo:

Police respond after a woman and her baby are found after a fall out a New York window on March 14, 2013. (Photo:

NEW YORK — A New York woman holding her baby son plunged eight stories out of an apartment window to her death in an apparent suicide, but her child survived, authorities say.

According to, 45-year-old Cynthia Wachenheim was found on the street with her son, 10-month-old Keston, near her arms. The child was rushed to the hospital and is in critical but stable condition.

Police say they discovered a seven-page suicide note under a bed in the apartment Wachenheim shared with her husband.

Wachenheim said in the note she recognized what she was about to do was “evil” but she was concerned about how her child was developing, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case, according to the Associated Press.

It was unclear whether the baby, who neighbors said was an only child, had any mental or physical problems.

A window to the West Harlem apartment was wide open, and there were no signs of struggle inside, police said. There were no safety bars on the apartment’s windows. Surveillance footage showed Wachenheim’s husband leaving the apartment about an hour before her plunge from the window with the baby.

Area resident Steven Dominguez, 18, was walking to a grocery store with his mother, Adelina Dominguez, when he saw the woman fall. He said the baby bounced off her body, breaking some of the impact of the fall, before hitting the ground nearby.

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