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Family Of Man Who Leaped In Front Of Train With Daughter Says He Was Suffering From Depression

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Family Of Man Who Leaped In Front Of Train With Daughter Says He Was Suffering From Depression

Family Of Man Who Leaped In Front Of Train With Daughter Says He Was Suffering From Depression

A Bronx mother is relieved that she’s able to hold her daughter in her arms after the child almost died with her father on Monday. As we previously reported, Fernando Balbuena leaped onto the Bronx train tracks while holding his daughter as a train was approaching. The little girl miraculously survived the ordeal with minor injuries, but her dad died as he was split in half.

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A family member said Balbuena battled depression but his dire final act still caught them off guard. The mother, Niurka Caraballo also spoke to outlets and shared great things about her husband despite putting their daughter in danger.

“He is not a bad person,” Niurka Caraballo said in Spanish as she left Jacobi Medical Center with her miracle daughter. “I don’t know what was going through his mind in that moment, but he’s not like that. He loved this little girl.” She added that he was “an angel,” loving with his children. A good father. Responsible. Really, I don’t know what happened.”

According to The New York Daily News, Fernando Balbuena called his wife on the phone before making the fatal leap, a police source said.

“Goodbye,” Fernando Balbuena said, according to the source. “Take care of the kids.’”

It’s still unclear what made him jump to his death. However, in addition to his wife and daughter he also leaves behind two boys.

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