Mother and father of toddler in deadly fall from NYC high-rise assume baby is taking part in safely: sources

The distraught mother of a who fell to his death from a tall building in Harlem told police she thought her son was playing safely in the next room – until she saw the net on the balcony blowing in the wind, sources said.

According to law enforcement sources, the child’s mother and father were talking in the bedroom and thought their 3-year-old son Jayce Garcia was fine playing in the living room. When the couple realized they couldn’t hear their son anymore, she went looking for him – and saw the loose mosquito net, sources say.

When the mother looked down from her 29th-floor balcony, she saw Jayce’s small body on scaffolding on the fifth floor below, sources said. Neighbors told The Post they could hear the mother shouting, “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.

Sources say police believe the boy’s death was a tragic accident.

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

Records show that the toddler’s mother had an open case for endangering the welfare of a child in November, while the 24-year-old father was named nine times in reports of violence. family force – 7 of which are victims.

According to police sources, Jayce's parents were talking in the living room of the apartment when the toddler fell.
According to police sources, Jayce’s parents were talking in the living room of the apartment when the boy was a toddler.
Jayce's grandmother, Cherise Young, described him as a
Jayce’s grandmother, Cherise Young, described him as a “happy kid” whose mother “loves him so much.”

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

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

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

Young said she only met Jayce’s dad “a few times.”

The mother’s sister created a GoFundMe page for the family to provide Jayce with “appropriate burial arrangements”.

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