Mum jumps from building with five-year-old daughter in her arms killing them both
Police at the scene in Manhattan (Image: Peter Gerber)
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A mum holding her five-year-old daughter has jumped from the roof of a building in the middle of New York – killing them both.
Oksana Patchin, 39, leapt from Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan, clutching little Olivia Patchin in her arms on Sunday at around 1.30pm.
Both were rushed to to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital where they were pronounced dead, police have said.
A devastated family friend said: “I can’t believe this. This is terrible.
“Everything was going great with her."
The death is being investigated by the city's Administration for Children’s Services
(Image: Peter Gerber)
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Police sources and shocked residents said the mum was visiting her friend in the building when she jumped.
Sources told the New York Post Oksana asked her friend for the key card to the roof saying she wanted to show her daughter the rooftop view.
But once they were on the roof cameras captured the mum pacing around, before climbing over a safety gate, picking up her daughter and leaping off, a source claims.
A resident said: “It’s very, very disturbing. It really shook me up that it happened."
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Oksana’s social media profiles say she is a native of Ukraine and later studied accounting in New York.
Police says she divorced her husband over the summer and had been living with her mum.
Sources says she did not leave suicide note.
The city's Administration for Children’s Services said it was investigating Olivia's death.
An ACS spokesperson said: “Our top priority is protecting the safety and welfare of all children in New York City.
“We are investigating this case with the NYPD.”
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