Boy 9, Fights For His Life After Thrown Off Five-Story Building

Posted By Urban News Hour | February 3, 2013

Freddy Martin,9, clings to his life after being thrown off of a Bronx apartment building roof.
A 9-year-old desperately pleaded, “Stop! Stop!” as a callous teen neighbor dragged him to the roof of their five-story Bronx apartment building and chucked him over the ledge, cops and witnesses said Saturday.

“Mommy! Mommy!” Freddy Martin cried out, unable to move, as he lay on the concrete sidewalk in front of the Nelson Ave. building in Morris Heights, witnesses said.

“I looked out the window and was scared,” said neighbor Wanda Simonetti. “I saw his body on the ground.”

Emergency workers initially suspected the critically injured boy took a spill from the fire escape outside his third-floor apartment around 8:30 p.m. Friday — until he managed to tell a cop that he was pushed, police sources said.

Casmine Aska, 17, is led out of the 46th Precinct in the Bronx on Saturday night after his arrest for allegedly pushing 9-year-old neighbor Freddy Martin off the roof of their Bronx apartment building.

Before losing consciousness, Freddy told the officer during an ambulance ride to New York Presbyterian-Columbia Medical Center in upper Manhattan that a neighbor, Casmine Aska, tossed him off the roof of the brick walkup, the sources said. “The kid told a cop, when they were going to the hospital, that he was thrown from the roof,” a source said. “The boy named the suspect.”

Once the child arrived at the hospital, doctors placed him on life-support. He remained in grave condition with severe body trauma on Saturday.

Investigators later learned that Aska, who lived on the fourth floor, grabbed the child from his apartment and dragged him up to the roof, sources and witnesses said.

Freddy’s grandmother, who was baby-sitting him in the apartment, didn’t immediately realize the child had even left the home. She told neighbors the boy was lying down and disappeared after he got up to get a drink.

Building on 1545 Nelson Ave. in the Bronx is where a 9-year-old was tossed from the roof.

“(Freddy) was screaming,” said one neighbor, who ran outside her first-floor pad when she heard “a commotion” upstairs. “He was saying, ‘Stop!’ ” said the neighbor, who did not want to give her name. She said the echoes of “laughing and hooting” sounded like a group of kids horsing around in the hallway.

But when she peeked up the stairwell, she saw two youths wrestling. Dismissing the rowdiness as part of the usual child’s play that occurs on the roof, the neighbor went back to her apartment.

“That door (to the roof) is always open,” said Wanda Simonetti. “People have complained to the super, but nothing happens.”

The presumed shenanigans came to a tragic end when everyone in the building heard the child screaming for his mother — and saw his little body sprawled on the sidewalk.

View from above where 9-year-old boy was tossed.

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Aska fled into a neighbor’s apartment. But a short time later, a cop grabbed him as he tried to walk out with his mother and a brother, sources said.

The 17-year-old Aska, was taken to the 46th Precinct stationhouse in University Heights, where he told detectives conflicting stories. “He gave several versions,” a police source said.

Aska, after initially denying he played a role in Freddy’s plunge, told cops the boy accidentally fell off the roof, sources said.

Aska, who said the pair had been talking about a video game, acknowledged going to the building’s roof and walking to the edge. He told cops Freddy walked toward him. “He said Freddy tried to grab him and in doing so fell from the roof,” the source said.

Roof of 1545 Nelson avenue in the Bronx where Freddy Martin, 9, was thrown off.

Sources said there’s “physical evidence” showing Freddy was dragged from his apartment and pushed off the roof, and Aska was charged with attempted murder on Saturday.

“They’re detaining my son,” said a woman who identified herself as Aska’s mother outside the precinct building. “They won’t tell me anything. They won’t let me see my son.”

Wearing baggy black pants, a black coat and glasses, Aska was escorted from the station about 8:40 p.m., his hands cuffed behind his back. He ignored reporters’ questions as cops loaded him into a car.

It’s not the first time Aska has been in trouble with the law. He has four prior arrests that include collars for robbery, assault, harassment and menacing, law enforcement sources said.

Some neighbors were shocked that Aska was cuffed for such a heinous crime. “He’s a good kid,” Simonetti said. “I never would believe he would try to hurt his friend.”

Freddy’s grandfather, who gave his name as Juan, said the family was stunned. “I don’t know how this happened,” he said in Spanish. “He’s a good boy.”

The family is praying for Freddy. “He’s not doing so well,” Juan said. “We are holding out hope.

source: nydailynews.com

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