17 year old boy pleads not guilty to throwing nine-year-old boy off New York roof

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Bronx, NY, United States (4E) – A 17-year-old boy who allegedly pushed a nine-year-old boy off the roof of an apartment building in Bronx, New York over the weekend pleaded not guilty Sunday.

According to reports, Freddy Martin was discovered wounded and unconscious Friday night on the pavement in front of the five-story building on Nelson Avenue in Morris Heights.

He was rushed to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

The boy’s neighbor, Carmine Aska, was arrested by police Saturday and he told officers it was an accident but confessed that he didn’t notify authorities or ask anybody for help.

Court documents stated Aska claimed he slipped when he grabbed Martin by the legs, causing the incident but Martin managed to tell paramedics before he lost consciousness that Aska dragged him to the roof and threw him off.

Reports stated Aska, who has four prior arrests related to robbery, assault, and harassment, was arraigned on attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment charges.

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