The mother of the three-year-old boy who died after falling from a 29th floor balcony of an apartment building in New York on Saturday morning was facing a previous charge of child endangerment at the time of her death son.
Jayce Garcia dove to death in the Harlem apartment tower on Saturday, with his mother Jayda now revealed as a suspected neglected child, the New York Post has revealed.
A friend said on Sunday that Jayda and her partner Julio Garcia were in a separate room and thought their son was safe to play alone in their living room when he broke through a mosquito net and fell onto scaffolding on the fifth floor.
Jayda has an open charge against her, dating back to November, but it’s unclear if it pertains to Jayce, and further details of the allegations have yet to be revealed.
Meanwhile, Jayce’s father, Julio, has been named in nine different domestic violence reports and is listed as a victim in seven of them. It’s unclear if Jayda is the person accused of abusing him, the couple were heard arguing as their son’s horrific fatal fall approached.
The mother was seen kneeling in anguish on the road outside her building, with eyewitnesses saying she cried ‘My baby, my baby, he’s up there’ after her son’s tragic death.
Jayce Garcia pictured on a GoFundMe page created by his aunt to help with his funeral costs
This is the torn mosquito net that Jayce allegedly fell through while playing alone in a bedroom in his parents’ 29th floor apartment in Harlem.
The Taino Towers residential complex on Third Avenue between East 122nd and 123rd Streets
Speaking to the Post, Jayce’s grandmother, Cherise Young, told the Post: ‘[The boy’s mom is] not doing well at all. She’s not well at all.
Cherise described the child as a ‘very happy baby’ and added: ‘His mother loved him very much. It was a normal, loving relationship. She also said she’s only met Jayce’s dad a few times.
The Post also reported that Jayce’s parents were in the bedroom of the apartment and believed the child was playing in the living room. When they stopped hearing it, they noticed loose nets above their balcony.
It was then that they looked down and made the horrifying discovery of seeing their child lying motionless on a scaffolding on the fifth floor of the building.
Police responded to a 911 call to the Taino Towers residential complex in Harlem around 11:10 a.m., where they found the toddler on scaffolding on the third floor wearing a diaper and a yellow t-shirt.
Heartbreaking video from a witness driving by shows the chaotic scene outside the building and captures a woman falling to her knees next to the ambulance as rescuers try to console her.
Neighbors told the Post they heard what sounded like a “boom” and a “bang” when the boy fell. He was taken to Harlem Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The toddler’s distraught mother screamed from the street below, witnesses said. She was photographed crying in the post. His father tried to climb the scaffolding to reach the child, witnesses added, but he was unable to do so.
A neighbor told the Post that her children heard “a big fight” between adults coming from the 29th-floor balcony and less than 10 minutes later there was a “bang”.
The unnamed neighbour, said the home had a history of domestic violence, although the toddler’s death is believed to be accidental.
Police said the child’s death was under “active investigation”.
On the GoFundMe page, Jayce is described as a “sweet, innocent kid with nothing but hugs and smiles.”
His aunt wrote: “He loved playing with his race cars and loved snuggling up watching Disney movies. He was such a bright kid with a huge life ahead of him. He was surrounded by many people who loved and adored him.
The page’s goal is $50,000.
A woman falls to her knees after a three-year-old boy fell from the 29th floor balcony of an apartment building in New York on Saturday. He was rushed to hospital where he died
“We believe the child exited through a window, but exactly how it happened is under investigation at the time,” a police spokesperson told The Associated Press.
The Taino Towers residential complex is located on Third Avenue between East 122nd and 123rd Streets.
Nidia Cordero, 58, a foster mother who lived on the 34th floor, said her children heard an adult fight on the 29th floor minutes before the toddler fell.
“When you look at the terrace, you see the body of the baby. He was in his diapers and his t-shirt,” Cordero said.
“So you hear screaming,” she added. “I think the mum was screaming and I looked and the baby was in the scaffolding.”
Other neighbors said that as the mother screamed from the street below, the boy’s father ‘ran downstairs crying’ and tried to climb the scaffolding to reach the child, but did not. could.
“She was sitting on the floor in her socks,” neighbor Alexander Townsend said of the boy’s mother. ‘She was screaming, ‘My baby, my baby, he’s up there’
Neighbors say the mother was on the ground crying for her son who had just fallen from the 29th floor balcony in Harlem
Tanjelyn Castro, 33, who lives on the 23rd floor, told the Post she heard a “boom” that sounded like construction.
“It felt like something really heavy. It felt like construction,” Castro said. “We just started looking and everyone started coming out of their building.”
“Anyone upstairs who could see downstairs saw the little boy with the yellow shirt. He was flat in the scaffolding.
She then described the frantic scene as neighbors and rescuers tried to reach the child after what she
“Everyone who was outside was running, climbing,” Castro added. “All the men you saw were trying to reach the scaffold. It was a whole bunch of emotions.
Another witness, Richard Linares, 36, told the New York Daily News the toddler was still crying when his own son ran to help him.
“My boy who was here ran forward. He ran to the scaffold to find the baby. The baby was crying and still breathing when he arrived.
“By the time the paramedics got him down, they had a towel over his face.”
New York City law requires owners of buildings with three or more apartments to install window guards if a child age 10 or younger lives there or if a tenant or occupant requests them.
It is unclear if window guards have been installed in this particular apartment.
But neighbor Castro told the Post that the balconies are about 30 years old and are in the process of being replaced.
“We don’t have air conditioning at the moment,” she added. “Everyone’s hanging out on the balcony right now but I can’t tell if it’s one thing or the other.”
Police said the child’s death was under “active investigation” and authorities were talking to two people who were inside the apartment when the boy fell.
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