Mother leaps from high rise apt holding infant to her chest, child survives

Mother leaps from high rise apt holding infant to her chest, child survives

Cindy Bacharach suicide baby apartmentA distraught Manhattan women who had been arguing with her husband leaped to her death from the window of their eighth-story apartment on Wednesday. Before she took the plunge, she grabbed their 10-month-old child and held him to her body, Miraculously, the child survived the fall.

According to the New York Post, the argument may have been the last straw for Cindy Bacharach, but it was not the lone precipitating factor in her decision to end her life. “Bacharach,” the Post reports, “suffered from acute postpartum depression and left behind a largely incomprehensible 7-page suicide note.”

A Columbia-educated attorney with the New York State Supreme Court, the 44-year-old mother was declared dead at the scene. But according to eyewitness Steven Dominguez, 18, her baby survived by landing on her chest, which cushioned the fall for him:

I heard a scream, a scared scream. I noticed a woman was falling. As she was coming down, she was coming down on her back. I saw the baby bounce on her chest and fall to the concrete. The baby started crying.

The toddler was rushed to Harlem Hospital where he is said to be in stable condition.

Bacharach’s husband Hal, 48, had already left the apartment before her suicide.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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