A mother who jumped to her death with her toddler son in her arms from PetCo Park concourse was ‘happy and laughing’ before the tragic fall, a witness said.
Speaking to NBC 7, the witness said that the mother “seemed happy – laughing” before the fatal jump.
She also said that the mother first jumped with her son in her arms from a picnic table bench near the concourse ledge and landed safely on the concourse.
“She lost her balance and fell off the bench. I remarked to my son, ‘Oh my gosh she almost fell,’” the witness expressed, adding that the mother climbed back on the bench with her baby.
“I remember saying, ‘I can’t believe she’s doing that again,’ and then she was gone…”
The witness, who was sitting at a table next to the mother, explained that from what she could see, from her table, it seemed as if the mother “rolled over the railing.”
She also recalled that there was a man standing nearby when the incident occurred.
“The man that was with her was standing by the railing as the woman started jumping on the bench of the table closest to the railing, holding the baby in her arms. She seemed happy — laughing,” the witness said.
“From my vantage point, looking at her back, it was almost like she rolled over the railing. I told my son, ‘Oh my gosh she went over!’
“There were no screams: It was just eerily quiet. Unfortunately, we heard the sound when they hit the ground.”
The woman and her baby were both pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribute, the child’s father was in the stadium when the fatal jump happened.
“We do not know the circumstances surrounding it. We do not know if it was accidental or intentional,” said San Diego Police Lieutenant Andra Brown. “We are speaking to the father of the child, they are not married but we are speaking to him.”
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