A recently divorced mother holding her young daughter jumped from the top of a 12-story New York City building on Sunday, killing them both, after asking a resident for her key card claiming she wanted to show her child the view from the roof.
The incident took place around 1.30pm where the woman, identified as 39-year-old Oksana Motyka Patchin, leaped off a rooftop on West 53rd St near 11th Avenue in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen.
Cops responded to the scene after receiving a call about two females laying on the pavement and found them ‘unconscious and unresponsive with injuries consistent with a fall from an elevated height.’
Patchin, and her five-year-old daughter, Olivia Patchin, were rushed to Mount Sinai West hospital and died from their injuries, the New York Police Department shared with DailyMail.com.
Oksana Motyka Patchin, 39, has been identified as the mother who jumped from the roof of a Manhattan building with her five-year-old daughter in her arms, killing both, on Sunday
On Sunday afternoon a Oksana Patchin 39, holding her five-year-old daughter Olivia, jumped off the roof of a Manhattan building, killing them both. Police pictured at the scene at W 53rd and 11th Avenue
The woman did not live in the 12-story building but was visiting someone who did reside there, before she tragically jumped
‘No criminality is suspected at this time,’ Sergeant Edward Riley said. The investigation is ongoing.
Police and residents said Patchin did not live in the building, but was visiting a friend who is a resident.
According to police sources cited by the New York Post, Patchin had asked the friend for her key card to access the rooftop so that Olivia could admire the view.
Once on the roof, security cameras reportedly captured the mother pacing around for some time, then climbing over a safety gate with her child in her arms and leaping to their deaths.
Police said Patchin had asked a friend who lives in the building on West 53rd Street for her key card to access the roof, claiming she wanted to show her daughter the view. While there, she scooped up the girl, climbed over the safety gate and jumped
Patchin and her husband (right) reportedly divorced last summer and she had been living with her mother in Brooklyn
Patrick Patchin wrote in a comment on Facebook on Monday that he feels ‘completely lost’
After the jump, one tenant came out of the building in tears and told reporters on the scene that the woman had been ‘very distraught.’
‘It really shook me up that it happened. It’s very, very disturbing,’ one tenant said to the New York Post.
Police said Patchin and her husband divorced last summer, and the woman had been living with her mother in the Prospect Park section of Brooklyn.
A family friend was quoted as telling the news outlet that ‘everything was going great’ for Patchin.
No suicide note has been recovered.
Cops responded to the scene after receiving a call about two females laying on the pavement and found them ‘unconscious and unresponsive with injuries consistent with a fall from an elevated height’
Patchin, who jumped, is believed to have lived in Prospect Heights and it’s not immediately known who she was visiting. Sources say she was ‘very distraught’
According to Patchin’s social media posts, she was a native of Kirovohrad, Ukraine, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Baruch College in 2013 and worked for the past two years as a financial officer at CIC, a French banking company.
A Twitter account associated with Patchin has been dormant for more than five years, but in her final tweet from November 2015, she shared a link to a GoFundMe account, asking for donations for ‘Baby Olivia’s medical bills.’
The online fundraiser is not longer active, and it is unclear what medical condition Patchin’s daughter might have had.
A man believed to be Patchin’s ex-husband, Patrick, shared a link to a news story about her and Olivia’s deaths on his Facebook page, and wrote in the comments section: ‘I am completely lost.’
Call the toll-free 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)