Police: Man dead, child still in critical condition after jumping from parking garage

Updated: March 20, 2021 06:28 PM
Created: March 20, 2021 06:14 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A man is dead and a 1-year-old boy is in critical condition after police say the man jumped from the top floor of a parking garage while holding his son. 

Rochester Police say a woman called 911 at 11:46 p.m. Friday, reporting her husband was having a "psychotic breakdown" in the South Avenue parking garage. 

The man went to the top floor of the parking garage with his child. Police say he ultimately jumped to his death while holding his son.

The man, who was in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The boy is reportedly in critical but stable condition at Strong Hospital as of Saturday afternoon.  

Police say the family is from out of state and had just arrived in Rochester to visit an ailing family member. 

Police say neither officers nor a Person in Crisis (PIC) team were on scene yet when the incident occurred. The Rochester Police Department's Major Crimes Unit is investigating the incident as an apparent suicide and attempted murder. 

Mayor Lovely Warren has released the following statement on the incident: 

"This morning’s news pains me deeply and I know that pain is shared throughout our community. As Mayor, each loss our community experiences stays with me. They weigh on my soul. They also serve as a calling to me, and many others, to do the work that is necessary. 

As a woman of faith, I thank God for the blessing and protection He has provided for this baby. I pray that God continues to watch over this child and I am grateful to the doctors and nurses that are working under great stress to keep him or her with us. May this child’s life become a calling that spreads hope and kindness throughout our city, our community and our world.

I also want to extend my gratitude and prayers to our first responders for their continued dedication and hard work in the face of great tragedy. 

Lastly, while without an entire picture of what occurred, this tragedy makes it clear that we must redouble our efforts to improve mental health care and our response to crises within our city. Our progress in dealing with this challenge must continue without delay."

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