Boy, 4, dies after 'schizophrenic brother throws him off apartment building roof'

A four-year-old boy plunged to his death after his older brother threw him off the roof of an apartment building, it is claimed. The youngster, named locally as Shimon Smith, was found unconscious and unresponsive in a courtyard outside the block of flats in the early hours of Saturday. He died at the scene after officers were called to the tragic incident in Brooklyn, New York, around 3.30am. His 20-year-old brother, who has a history of schizophrenia, has been arrested, according to reports. Sources told CBS New York that the older brother has confessed to throwing Shimon off the building in Brooklyn's East Midwood neighbourhood. Marc Liverman, the building's landlord, told the TV news station he woke up to find a lot of police officers outside. He added: “It’s very sad, sad, sad."
Police and paramedics raced to the scene after someone called 911 to report that the boy had been injured in a fall. He had been thrown off the roof to his death, tweeted WABC-TV reporter Marcus Solis. Local news reports said the boy's 20-year-old brother had a history of schizophrenia. Shimon's brother remained in custody and no charges have been laid. The investigation continues.