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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mom Pushes Kids Off Roof, Then Jumps

NEW YORK -- On a chilly, overcast morning, Chicqua Roveal marched her three young children up to the roof of their 14-floor building. She looked over the edge into a trash-strewn courtyard. Then, she methodically pushed them off, one by one.


Roveal followed them down, jumping to her death Sunday along with her 7-year-old son, Andre, police said. The boy's twin sister, Andrea, and 2-year-old brother, Shando, were critically injured.


A man who lives on the 14th floor was making oatmeal for his children Sunday morning when he saw the first child pass by his window. He looked disbelievingly at his wife, turned and saw a second child come down.


"The second time, I heard the kid scream,'' he told The New York Times. He yelled at his wife, "That was a kid! That was a kid!''


Paramedics called to the scene discovered the children and the body of a 23-year-old woman neighbors called "a good mother.'' The children had been bathed and dressed in warm coats before they were thrown off the roof at around 10 a.m., witnesses told the Daily News.


The twins were carrying Buzz Lightyear dolls, the astronaut from the movie "Toy Story'' who thinks he can fly, paramedics said.


Andre was declared dead shortly after arriving at Jacobi Hospital. Andrea and Shando remained in critical condition early Monday.


Relatives said Roveal had been under stress from a breakup with a boyfriend, and the reappearance of her mother, who had recently moved in with her after being released from prison.


Police said Roveal had no history of mental illness and that child welfare officials had once checked on the family and found no signs of abuse.