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Parents of toddler who fatally fell from a New York skyscraper thought he was safe to play: sources

The distraught mother of a tot who fell to his death from a Harlem high-rise told police she thought her son would be safe playing in the next room – until she saw the net flapping in the wind on the balcony, sources say.

The toddler’s mother and father had been chatting in the bedroom because they thought their 3-year-old son Jayce Garcia would play well in the living room, the parents told police, according to law enforcement sources. When the couple realized they couldn’t hear their son anymore, she went to look for him – and saw the loose mosquito net, sources said.

When the mother then looked down from the 29th floor balcony, she saw Jayce’s tiny body on the fifth floor scaffolding below, sources said. Neighbors have told The Post they heard the mother scream, “My baby!”

The Harlem building where 3-year-old Jayce Garcia fell from the 29th floor on July 2, 2022.
The Harlem building where 3-year-old Jayce Garcia fell from the 29th floor on July 2, 2022.
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The toddler was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police believe the boy’s death was just a tragic accident, sources said.

Meanwhile, the tot’s parents had a strained relationship, sources and neighbors said.

Records show the toddler’s mother has an open case for endangering a child’s welfare dating back to November, while the 24-year-old father has been named nine times in domestic violence reports – seven of them as victims.

According to police sources, Jayce's parents were talking in the living room of the apartment while the toddler fell.
According to police sources, Jayce’s parents were talking in the living room of the apartment when the toddler fell.
Jayce's grandmother, Cherise Young, described him as one "happy babe" whose mother "loved him very much."
Jayce’s grandmother, Cherise Young, described him as a “happy baby” whose mother “loved him dearly.”

“[The boy’s mom is] is not doing well at all,” the baby’s maternal grandmother Cherise Young, 49, told the Post on Sunday. “She’s not feeling well at all.”

Young, who lives in Connecticut, said Jayce was “a very happy baby.

“His mother loved him very much,” she said. “It was a normal, loving relationship.”

Young said she only met Jayce’s father “a couple of times.”

The mother’s sister created a GoFundMe page for the family to give Jayce “the right funeral arrangements”.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/03/parents-of-toddler-in-fatal-fall-from-nyc-high-rise-thought-he-was-safely-playing-sources/ Parents of toddler who fatally fell from a New York skyscraper thought he was safe to play: sources

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