The suicide death of Cynthia Wachenhein, 44, yesterday brought heartache and a sense of emptiness to those who knew her and interested readers. A legal attorney by profession, wife of Hal Bacharach, 48 and mother of 10 month newborn, Keston Bacharach, Ms. Wachenhein was found dead yesterday outside their Harlem apartment building evidence of a suicide. Witnesses say a woman jumped out from a window apartment, eight stories high, with a baby strapped to her chest. Authorities later discovered a thirteen page suicide letter was found in the apartment claiming full responsibility of
her child's brain damage due to mishaps her baby encountered while in her care. Doctors and family could not confirm the mental health of the child.
The suicide occurred on March 16th early yesterday afternoon at 147th Street and Bradhurst Avenue in Harlem, New York. Police authorities were called to seal off access to the scene. Investigators confirms Cynthia jumped from the 8th floor with her son, Kaston strapped to her chest. To be called short of a miracle of God's grace, medical authorities confirmed the baby in good health with only a bruise on his cheek. Some are speculating as the mother fell to her death, maneuvered her body to shield her son from the blunt force from the fall. Both family of the deceased and husband, Mr. Bacharach are thankful his son was unscathed but is torn between his son’s ordeal and the death of his wife.
Cynthia Wachenhein was a successful court attorney and well educated. She was valedictorian at her local high school and graduated from Columbia University Law School to earn her law degree. She was an active member of the Upper West Side synagogue. B'nai Jeshurun. Postpartum depression is common occurrence with women after given birth. Though many women who suffer from this condition, they are often treated with proper medication and family counseling. Many ignore the warning signs of uncontrollable mood swings and depression. It is so unfortunate tragedies such as Cynthia Wachenhein could have been avoided but the harsh reality becomes clear, postpartum should be taken as serious as the welfare of both mother and new born.
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