( 4UMF NEWS ) 3-Year-Old Falls To Death:
A 3-year-old boy dangled from a fourth-story apartment’s window, screaming for help before he plunged to his death in the Bronx on Saturday, police and witnesses said.
In those heartbreaking last moments, adults who knew the boy heard his terrified cries and responded, but they couldn’t reach him before he dropped.
“He was screaming for help. By the time we got across the street he had already fell,” said neighbor Frank White, 33, who jumped a fence to reach the child.
Bystanders rushed to Gabriel’s aid after he landed in a grassy area.
White said he pulled grass from the boy’s mouth and gave him CPR, inducing only a single breath from the dying boy before another person tried CPR and an ambulance arrived.
Residents of the building near Yankee Stadium remembered Gabriel as charming and friendly.
“I joke and laugh with him every day,” said neighbor Francisco Valdes, 21, who also tried to prevent the tragedy. “He’s my little man. I miss his little soul.”
Gabriel’s mother wailed and was too distraught to speak to reporters as friends and family members converged at her third-floor apartment for support late Saturday night.
“His mom keeps screaming his name,” said the boy’s aunt, who gave her name as Yaneliz. “He was a kid that everybody loved because he was sweet to everybody. He was a really happy child.”
Family members said the boy’s mother was out and his father, a cab driver, was working when he fell. Neighbors said the child fell from the building superintendent’s apartment. By Saturday night, police had the super’s apartment blocked.