New York, N.Y. -- A 35-year-old man and his 3-year-old son plummeted to their deaths from a Manhattan apartment building, police said Sunday as they investigated what led to the tragedy.
Authorities said they received an emergency call reporting two jumpers from the 52-floor building on the Upper West Side around noon. Officers responding to the scene found the man and the child on the rooftops of two separate nearby buildings.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the child was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.
The circumstances of the fall were unclear. The Daily News reported the man was holding the child when he jumped, but the New York Post said the man tossed the toddler from a window and then leaped himself.
Police investigating the deaths left the building in the mid-afternoon to photograph a gray Lexus RX350 parked nearby. Authorities said the father did not appear to live in the building.
The building, listed as South Park Tower, is a short distance away from Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center.
In March, a woman clutching her baby son in her arms plunged eight stories out of a Harlem apartment window to her death, but the 10-month-old survived. Authorities found a suicide note in her home.