A 10-month-old baby is alive Thursday, after surviving a an eight-story fall from a New York apartment, when his mother jumped while holding him.
The New York Post reports, Cindy Bacharach, a 44-year-old lawyer, jumped out of her Harlem apartment window Wednesday afternoon while holding the baby. According to police the woman had been arguing with her husband hours before. But he was not home during the fall. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
One witness tells the Post, "I heard a scream... I noticed a woman was falling. As she was coming down, she was coming down on her back. I saw the baby bounce on her chest and fall to the concrete. The baby started crying."
The baby is in stable condition and expected to survive.
In the couple's apartment, police found a "largely incomprehensible" 7-page suicide note in which the mother blamed herself for the baby's medical issues, sources tell the Post, saying she was suffering from postpartum depression.
On Thursday, a study revealed that one in every seven women suffers from the postpartum depression. The study which has been published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry has been able to reveal about the percentage of women suffering.
University of Pittsburgh researchers say in the study, out of the women who were positive for depression, 19 percent said they thought of harming themselves.
Researchers say suicide accounted for about 20 percent of postpartum deaths and is the second most common cause of mortality in postpartum women.