Man jumps to his death while holding 1-year-old son in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – The 1-year-old child involved in an attempted murder-suicide on Friday remains in serious condition.

Officials with the Rochester Police Department say the child’s condition is improving.

Officers with the Rochester Police Department responded to a 911 call from a woman saying her husband was having a “psychotic breakdown” Friday evening in the South Avenue parking garage.

Officers say the man, 40, went to the top floor of the parking garage with his one-year-old child where he jumped to his death while holding the child.

The man was pronounced deceased at the scene. The one-year-old was rushed to URMC where he was in critical condition.

As of Sunday night, police say the child’s condition is improving better and faster than anticipated and doctors don’t believe there will be any permanent brain damage. If the baby continues to improve at this pace, they’re hoping to be able to take the child back to the family’s home state within the next few weeks to begin rehabilitation.

According to the RPD, the family of three is from out of state and had just arrived in Rochester to visit an ailing family member.

The Rochester Police Departments Major Crimes Unit is handling the investigation into this apparent suicide / attempted murder.

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