Playboy model jumps to death with son
NEW York City investigators have announced the autopsy results of a former Playboy model who jumped to her death after pushing her seven-year-old son out of the window of a 25th floor hotel in Manhattan.
Stephanie Adams, 46, and her son Vincent were both pronounced dead at the scene after they were found on the second floor balcony at the lavish Gotham Hotel.
The cause of both their deaths was from multiple blunt impact injuries.
NATIONAL 24/7 CRISIS SERVICES
TheNew York Daily News reported that Adams death was ruled a suicide and Vincent's was a homicide.
It is reported that Adams was fighting an intense custody battle with Vincent's father, New York-based Charles Nicolai.
Mr Nicholai's lawyer, William Beslow, told theNew York Postthat his client was in a "total state of shock' after the tragedy.
"He's numb, as one would expect," he said.
A friend of Mr Nicholai's added, "He was an amazing, caring father. I can remember him talking about when his son first learned to read. He was a very excited father, very proud,' the friend said. 'I do know that he was very distraught and very saddened by the breakup of (his) marriage."
Police said Adams had her son with her when she checked in to penthouse suite at the boutique hotel last Thursday.
Sources said the pair never left the room until their fatal plunge at around 8:15 the next morning.
"I suspect the boy went first. The mother just tossed the child out first, then followed him. [Guests] said they heard a light sound first, then a heavier sound,'' said a bell captain at the hotel, who gave his name only as Shaun L. "I'm still shook up about it.''
It didn't appear that Adams left a suicide note.
The former couple's friends and lawyers said Vincent had been the apple of their eye.
"This boy was her whole life. This is terrible," said a friend of Adams.
Adams had homeschooled her kid to keep him close, said the pal, who knew the ex-model for two decades.
"She was so close to that child. She wouldn't even let [him] go to school," the friend said. "People have these lives you don't even know about. I didn't see suicide."
In 2017, Adams filed for divorce from Nicolai, who owns Wall Street Chiropractic and Wellness on Broadway in the Financial District. She was seeking child support.
Their marriage had apparently been toxic.
Sources said there were 10 domestic-incident reports between them, although not all of them were against each other. Some involved Adams and an unidentified woman.
Adams filed at least three complaints of child abuse against Nicolai - in May 2016, August 2017 and September 2017 - but all were deemed "unfounded" by child-welfare officials, according to court documents obtained by The Post.
M Nicolai also was arrested Feb. 9 after Adams claimed he fed Vincent foods that the boy was allergic to - but the Manhattan District Attorney's Office declined to prosecute, court records show.
To avoid further conflicts, the parents would have to meet at the 1st Precinct station house in Tribeca to hand over Vincent to each other.
But Mr Beslow insisted Mr Nicolai was "as pure as they come."
"He was very patient in the system. We never made a motion until the other day, when we had to," he said, referring to the custody request.
"He'd never do anything to rile her up. He always had to pacify and placate her."
Adams was beset by other personal problems in recent months, and her longtime pal encouraged her to seek help for emotional issues.
"She was happy; she wasn't depressed. But she was unrealistic in her goals," he explained.
Adams was on her fourth divorce lawyer in a year, and her legal bills were mounting, the friend added.
Her newest divorce lawyer, Daniel Kron, called the tragedy "a complete shock and unanticipated.''
Adams - who claimed on her personal website that she was a direct descendant of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams - had told The Post in 2013 that she was more than just a pretty face.
She kept busy writing self-help books, running an online organic beauty products company and managing the financial side of Mr Nicolai's doctors office.