Mother falls from 8th – story with baby in her arms. Miraculously the baby survived
Mothers are generally known to be the most aggressive when they just had their baby. Mothers have this overly protective instinct to protect their young, a characteristic present in both humans and animals. But the reality kicks in sometimes that mothers aren’t always as caring as they are thought to be especially when a mother jumps down a building with her child in her arms. This is a story of a woman in her mid-40s who decided to leap off their apartment from the eighth floor.
1 A Mother Takes A Leap of Death From The 8th Floor With Baby in Arms
Shocking news from Harlem, Manhattan puts 44-year-old, Cynthia ‘Cindy’ Wachenheim in the limelight. Cindy, a very successful attorney, lit the New York headlines when she leaped off of their apartment building eight floors high. Not only did it shock everybody who knew her personally but it shocked every stranger to find out that this suicidal leap was taken with her child in her arms. This raises multiple questions that led to nothing more but a mystery.
Cindy was recalled to be a friendly, jolly and outgoing person. She had a wonderful career and was currently enjoying a maternity leave from her high paying job. She was a devoted mother and was looking after her 10-month-old son, Keston. This shocking turn of events were made much more appalling when she left a 13 page suicide note describing herself as a horrific mother and that she must pay for her actions by taking her life.
2 Living a happy life
Wachenheim graduated from Columbia Law School and was an associate attorney for 15 years in the New York State Supreme Court. Her boss remembers her as a very diligent worker with no mental problems whatsoever; she got along very well with everyone at her workplace. Married to Hal Bacharach, who works on sales, she seemed to live a happy typical American family. Sometimes neighbours caught them scuffling against each other but as a couple, isn’t it normal? They lived in an up-scale residential area in Manhattan in an expensive apartment in ‘The Sutton’.
3 The Day Cindy Took The Leap
Cindy looked a bit stressed to their neighbour, Dominguez, that day; but, mothers of new-borns are usually stressed. So, he did not read anything unusual from it. That day, a neighbour, Christina Johnson, heard some loud noises from her 2-bedroom condo. Eavesdropping, she learned that her husband was extremely angry and was screaming at her while asking the same question several times. A question asking her why she wasn’t picking up the phone. The argument was pretty loud and it even resonated through the halls. He was seen in the surveillance video camera leaving the apartment soon after the argument. She jumped about three hours later.
4 Cindy’s Fall From Grace
Eighteen year old, Steven Dominguez was walking down to the grocery with his mother, Adelina Dominguez, when he saw Cindy fall. He heard a scream when she was mid-air followed by a very loud bang similar to that of a big wood hitting the ground with great force. He was terribly shocked and wished he did not see the fall or the scene. Cindy died on the spot but he heard the baby crying near the sidewalk. Baby Keston, who was clutching tightly to his mother, bounced off after the fall. Due to the impact, Baby Keston rolled off of his mother’s lifeless arms. Adelina Dominguez rushed to pick the baby up when a police officer stopped her. The baby suffered mere scratches and was rushed to Harlem Hospital by the police. Baby Keston is in stable condition now.
5 Her Thirteen Page Suicide Note
It is difficult to understand what had affected her so deeply to take this fatal step but all seemed to have been answered in her suicide note. She was going through some kind of postpartum depression and anti-depressants were found in her room after her death. In her note, she states that she was not happy and she had been planning doing this beforehand. She was very worried about Keston who she thought was suffering from cerebral palsy. Although there was no confirmation from doctors yet, she was sure that he was not developing in the right manner. She mentioned her love for her husband and apologised for the evil thing she was going to do and stated that she was also not totally happy that she was taking the plunge.
6 Cindy’s Mystery trigger Still Unsolved
As seen in other suicide cases also, the mental stability and logical reasoning diminishes when a person plans such an act. What triggered this plan is what investigating teams are trying to solve. Was it the abnormal condition of the child that increased her anxiety level? Was it the lack of support from her husband regarding her child’s condition that made her feel more depressed? Or was her plan triggered by the rash argument of that day? Although she has penned down that it was at the back of her mind and she has been planning it, what was reason that drove her to kill herself. However, no one could provide an answer.
7 Cindy’s Note Shedding Light
A successful attorney whose boss had no complains with. An adorable and loving mother whose neighbours seemed to adore as well. A caring wife to her husband who seemed to have a perfectly loving relationship.
8 The Breaking Point
What instigated her to break out from it all? She had mentioned in her note that there were two horrible falls in Keston’s life. One off the bed and another off a play set. She calls both the falls shameful and makes herself responsible for both. She probably could not come to terms with how it affected Keston’s brain and was convinced that he was damaged for life. The doctors had not confirmed any brain damage or abnormality. Most probably, she was suffering from a huge guilty conscience brewing inside her about what she thinks her son’s condition is.
9 Baby Keston is Still Alive and Well
The saving grace is that the baby is still alive. Steven could not believe his eyes when he heard the cry of the infant. The police was parked nearby and took immediate charge of the situation. He was admitted to hospital and is doing fine. His father could not be traced after the incident. It would be very difficult for him to accept what has happened and live with it. But he can look after Keston and believe everything wasn’t lost after all. There is a touch of magic in our everyday lives however horrible. Keston may live to become a successful attorney like his mother and that the hope of Manhattan forgetting this tragic death.