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NYC teen allegedly threw boy, 9, from roof

This news story was published on February 3, 2013.
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NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (UPI) — A 17-year-old New York youth was charged Saturday with critically injuring a 9-year-old neighbor by throwing him off a five-story building, authorities said.

Freddy Martin was clinging to life after the 8:30 p.m. Friday incident in New York’s Bronx borough, the New York Daily News reported.

Neighbors said the boy cried “Mommy! Mommy!” after hitting the sidewalk outside his apartment building, the newspaper said.

A police source told the Daily News that while en route to the hospital the child told a police officer who was responsible.

“The kid told a cop, when they were going to the hospital, that he was thrown from the roof,” the source said. “The boy named the suspect.”

Sources and witnesses said Casmine Aska, who lived on the fourth floor, pulled the screaming boy from his third-floor apartment and dragged him to the roof, the newspaper said.

“He was saying, ‘Stop!'” said a neighbor, who did not want to give her name.

WNBC-TV, New York, reported police said the boy was listed in critical condition at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital with “severe body trauma” and was on life support.

The TV station said a police official said Aska was charged with attempted murder Saturday.

The youth was stopped by officers as he was leaving the apartment building with his mother and a brother, and gave conflicting versions of what had happened, the official said.

“He gave several versions,” the official told WNBC-TV. “He wasn’t there, he was up there, he tried to help him.”

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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4 Responses to NYC teen allegedly threw boy, 9, from roof

  1. Katie Reply Report comment

    February 3, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    You guys can go live in Afghanistan and practice their cruel form of justice. We don’t want your types on juries here.

    • Really!! Reply Report comment

      February 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Ok Katie. If that was your son calling for Mommy, mommyy after he hit the ground, what would you do with the thrower? Slap him on the wrist?

  2. Bible says Reply Report comment

    February 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    An eye for an eye.

  3. Jackson Reply Report comment

    February 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    The family of the Boy thrown off the roof should have the choice to also throw the thrower off the roof. End of case.