A 21-month-old child died when a man who had allegedly jumped out of an eighth floor window landed on him in Ukraine.
The boy’s father witnessed the moment when a 39-year-old man landed on his son, in Zaporizhia, southeastern Ukraine.
Both the toddler and the man died at the scene despite desperate efforts by paramedics to revive them
Local police reported that the man had jumped to commit suicide.
The boy’s mother Anna Polishchuk, was reportedly saying goodbye to her parents after a New Year family celebration and only came outside a few minutes after her son was hit.
By then an ambulance had arrived and paramedics were frantically trying to save the ‘crumpled’ child.
Neighbor Sergey Borisov said:
‘I heard a loud thump and then the boy’s mother rushed out.
‘She ran to the ambulance where paramedics were seeking to save the child, and understood everything instantly.
‘I had to shut my windows because there was so much agonising pain in her screams.
‘I just couldn’t bear hearing them.’
A woman neighbour said:
‘A paramedic came out of the ambulance, and saw us all waiting for news.
‘She told us: “Pray for the boy. We are trying to save him”. It was the first time in my life when I heard so many people praying out loud.’
Senior paramedic Vitaly Reznikov confirmed:
‘The man who committed suicide fell right onto the boy.
‘The toddler crumpled from the strength of the hit.
‘We tried to reanimate his heart and lungs. but he boy died inside the ambulance.’
The dead man has only been named as Yevgeny, a construction worker who was a neighbour of the toddler’s relatives.
Neighbours said he knew the family including the toddler he killed.
A police spokeswoman said:
‘We are investigating the reasons that pushed the man to suicide.
‘We are checking if he could have been drunk, or if there were other reasons that made him do this.’
Sympathetic comments flooded in to the bereaved mother’s social media account.
The mother is a teacher at a school for orphans.
‘What untold grief. I am so sorry Anna. I will be praying for you and your husband. Stay strong,’ said one.
Another from Lina Holoshchapova said: ‘I just can’t sleep here, weeping for you.
‘No words can help you, I know, but feel me with you. I am also a mother and my God this is impossible to comprehend’.
Victoria Zabusik: thousands of people are thinking of you, and praying for you. Please try to stay strong. Crying with you.
Lyudmila Malygina: ‘How can we find words of support for you… please know that all of Ukraine is crying now with you and your family.’
Victoria Zabusik wrote: ‘Thousands of people are thinking of you, and praying for you. Please try to stay strong. Crying with you.’
The name of the dead boy was not immediately given.