Perhaps the stress of motherhood became too much to bear for 45 year old Manhattan lawyer Cynthia Wachenheim. Yesterday morning, the woman cradled her 10 month old son Keston in her arms and lept to her death from the 8th floor of her Manhattan apartment. As she hit the ground, the baby bounced off her chest and started crying.
Cynthia Wachenheim, 45, was holding her 10-month-old son Keston as she plunged from her window at The Sutton, 102 Bradhurst Ave., at West 147th Street, about 3:25 p.m., sources, witnesses and the FDNY said.
Wachenheim was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. The infant was rushed to Harlem Hospital in critical but stable condition, according to the NYPD.
Wachenheim left a note behind, sources said. One police source described it as “mostly rambling.”
“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.”
Wachenheim was holding the baby as she fell but the child bounced onto the sidewalk on impact and immediately started wailing, Dominguez said.
“I wish I never saw this,” he said. “I realized she was coming down but I just didn’t believe it.”
Dominguez’s mother, Adelina Dominguez, 45, raced to the baby to try to help him.
“I saw the baby on the ground and I tried to pick it up, to comfort it, but the police told me not to,” she said.