13-page suicide note left by mom who jumped with baby

The moon rises behind the skyline of midtown Manhattan in New York as seen from Jersey City, New...

The moon rises behind the skyline of midtown Manhattan in New York as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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The New York woman who died after she jumped eight storeys with her 10-month-old son strapped to her body jumped because she felt she had failed to protect him from minor falls she believed would lead to a lifelong illness, according to a note she left behind.

Cynthia Wachenheim left a note on 13 pages of lined notebook paper, the New York Times reports. In it, she said that she knew what she was about to do was "evil" but explained that her son Keston had had a few tumbles that led to problems that would plague him for the rest of his life, a law enforcement official who has seen the note told the Times.

She wrote that her friends, family and pediatrician didn't believe her, but that she noticed changes in the baby.

Keston Bacharach survived the fall with only a bruised cheek.


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