Sometimes child custody issues turn deadly.
Take the case of the Ukrainian father who threw his 3-year-old son and them himself to their deaths from a Manhattan high-rise building a few days before Christmas. In that case, the 35-year-old father, Dmitriy Kanarikov died instantly; his son died later at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.
The murder-suicide was surprising considering a Facebook post that Kanarikov wrote just three months earlier. In that status update, the father wrote that his greatest desire was to be a great father and husband. "I want to be the best dad - nothing is more important to me," Kanarikov said.
In response, his wife, Svetlana Bukharina commented on Facebook, "I have the best husband and son in the world."
What Went Wrong in this Case?
Not long after those glowing and very public messages appeared on social media, the couple broke up and a custody battle ensued. The father's anger over the custody battle was so intense that the parents met at a local police station to exchange their son for their visits.
What could have angered the father to the point that he would not only take his own life but that of his son's as well? Some believe it might have been something as innocuous as his wife not arriving on time to deliver the son to his father. But those are only rumors.
The reality is that emotions always tend to be tense during divorce and custody battles. Issues of fairness and justice can sometimes appear to be weighted in favor of the "other spouse." And the slightest indication of disrespect can enrage an already angry parent, causing them momentarily to lose sight of reality.
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