Ukrainian Boy, 8, Jumps Off Building to Avoid Parents’ Abuse: Reports

September 20, 2019 Updated: September 20, 2019

An 8-year-old boy reportedly died after police said he jumped from an apartment building while attempting to escape his allegedly abusive parents.

The boy, identified only as “Anton,” leaped from the ninth floor of an apartment building in Enerhodar, Ukraine, on Aug. 23, reported the Daily Mail.

After coming home from school that day, his parents were upset that he ripped his clothes and started beating him, the report noted.

A neighbor was quoted by the paper as saying that they heard Anton’s parents shouting at him. Shortly later, the boy fell from a window.

Zhanna, a woman who lives downstairs from the family, said she heard the abuse followed by silence.

“Several seconds passed and there was that horrific thud when a body hits the ground,” she said.

A Google Maps view of Enerhodar, Ukraine. (Google Maps)

The woman then said, “I looked out of my kitchen window and saw the boy lying below. I called an ambulance and the police.”

The Mail quoted another neighbor, Andrey, as saying: “I saw the family going upstairs to their flat. Ten minutes later the boy was lying on the ground as his parents were racing downstairs in the street.”

Paramedics came and pronounced Anton dead at the scene.

The parents of the boy confessed to beating their son on the day he died. They also admitted to beating the child on a regular basis, according to the report.

The couple, after they were interviewed by police, fled their rented apartment. Officials are now trying to track their whereabouts.

If found guilty, the parents could face as many as five years in prison.

Anton’s school principal, Oksana Zelenska, said the boy was neglected, saying, “His parents were not interested in him at all,” according to the New York Post.

Psychologist Zoya Pershyna insisted that “I did not see it coming.”

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