A 9-year-old from the Bronx has survived a fall from an apartment building roof top. The boy has suffered serious injuries and is currently on life support.
Freddy Martin took a five-store free fall from the top of the brick building, according to the Houston Chronicle. The incident occurred on Friday, February 1, at approximately 8:30 p.m.
The young boy was transported to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College, where he was hospitalized with "severe body trauma." His condition is not stable at this point, and he is fighting for his life, Christian Post notes.
59-year-old neighbor Wanda Simonetti described that she saw him lying on the ground, as an ambulance approached.
"I looked out the window and was scared. I saw his body on the ground. [...] That door (to the roof) is always open. People have complained to the super, but nothing happens," she says.
"I heard him on the ground calling, 'Mommy, Mommy.' He was in pain," she adds.
During the ambulance ride, Martin told police that he had been dragged to the roof by 17-year-old neighbor Casmine Aska.
"The kid told a cop, when they were going to the hospital, that he was thrown from a roof. The boy named the suspect," a source said.
Aska and his family attempted to leave the building but were met by officers who questioned the teen.
"He said Freddy tried to grab him, and in doing so, fell from the roof," an officer describes.
Physical evidence recovered at the scene supports Martin' story, proving that he has been dragged. Aska has been charged with attempted murder, leaving neighbors and family stunned.
"For him to do anything wrong to that kid, no, no. Maybe something went wrong and it was by accident," says Philip Rivera, living in the area.