MIDTOWN — A systems analyst who had recently lost a bitter custody battle tossed his 3-year-old son off a 51-story Midtown high-rise Sunday morning, then jumped to his death an hour before he was supposed to return the boy back to his mother, police said.
Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, of Brooklyn, picked up his son Kirill Kanarikov, 3, from the boy's mother at the 17th Precinct stationhouse, at 10 a.m., and was supposed to bring him back at 1 p.m., police said.
Instead, Kanarikov, who lost custody of the boy recently after splitting with his wife Svetlana earlier this year, went to the roof of a relative's building at 124 W. 60th St. just before noon, and threw the boy from the building before leaping himself, police sources said. Investigators do not believe the two fell together because their bodies were found in separate locations.
Kanarikov's body was found on a roof of 425 West 59th St., police said.
His son's body was found on a roof at 455 West 59th St., police confirmed. The boy, who had been wearing Christmas pajamas, was rushed to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital, where he died, fire officials said.
Kanarikov, who worked at finance firm TIAA-CREF, wrote on his Facebook page that taking care of his son was the most important thing in his life.
"I want to be the best dad and husband — nothing is more important to me right now," Kanarikov posted in September.
A woman answering the phone for South Park Tower said she could not immediately answer any questions about the incident.
Court records show that Svetlana Karanikov, 32, filed an motion in family court for custody and child support in October, but her request was just granted by a Brooklyn judge on Dec. 18, just four days before the apparent murder-suicide.