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The New York Post
January 11, 2021
The woman who killed her 5-year-old daughter in a suicide leap from a Manhattan rooftop had been battling depression — and was weaning herself off medication when she jumped, her mom said Monday.
Oksana Patchin, 39, was prescribed three different types of drugs following a bitter split from her husband over the summer, her distraught mother told The Post through tears.
But Patchin recently began breaking the pills into pieces in an effort to stop taking them, said the grieving granny, who gave her name as Anna.
“She was taking less and less,” Anna said with a Ukrainian accent.
“I said to her, ‘Oksana — February, March, you will be finished.’”
It was unclear if Patchin was following a doctor’s orders in reducing the dosages.
Patchin had told friends that she didn’t like taking the medications because they made her feel weird, although none of the friends said she discussed plans to stop taking them, law-enforcement sources said.
The Food and Drug Administration has warned that patients being treated with antidepressants face the risk of “suicidality” and other problems during initial treatment and “at times of dose changes, either increases or decreases.”
Anna — who described her daughter as a loving mom who wanted to overcome her depression — didn’t know what drugs her daughter was taking.
But she said one was a sleep aid that was prescribed after Patchin and her husband separated over the summer and she became depressed.
Cops who visited their Brooklyn apartment on Sunday seized several bottles of medication, Anna said.
“Now police will do exam to see what medicine she took,” she said.
A friend said that Patchin began taking Klonopin and Trazodone in June after seeing a psychiatrist because she was experiencing anxiety and panic attacks.
“She actually became depressed and suicidal after the medications,” said the pal, a 35-year-old woman who asked to remain anonymous.
“From looking at her, after taking those drugs she got worse.” The friend said that Patchin “really regretted starting the medication.”
“She felt she was addicted to them. She was never addicted to anything before.” Recently, the pal also said that Patchin had begun slowly weaning herself off of the drugs with the help of a doctor, and her family and friends believed she was doing better.
Surveillance cameras captured Patchin pacing around the roof of 540 W. 53rd St. in Hell’s Kitchen before she climbed over a safety gate and picked up daughter Olivia around 1:40 p.m. Sunday, police sources have said.
She jumped off and the two plunged 12 stories to the ground.
Mother and daughter were rushed to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, where both were pronounced dead.
Patchin filed for divorce from her husband in August and their marriage was officially dissolved in November, according to a spokesman for the state court system.
Earlier, she filed for bankruptcy protection at the end of 2019, citing more than $98,000 in mostly credit-card debts and about $32,000 in assets, the bulk of which was $25,000 in a 401k retirement account.
The initial filing in that case — which was discharged in April — said Patchin was already separated from her then-husband and didn’t identify him as a co-debtor.
But Patchin — who reported making nearly $10,000 a month as a bank officer for CIC, a French bank in Manhattan — listed both her mom and her daughter as dependents and said the little girl also had “special needs.”
Inside the family’s one-bedroom apartment in Prospect Heights, a child’s desk was covered with artwork, including a hand-painted ceramic princess and rocks adorned with paint and glitter.
The building at West 53rd Street and 10th Avenue where Oksana Patchin jumped from with her daughter.
Anna said that “everything was normal” in the hours leading to the tragic murder-suicide, recalling that Patchin — who immigrated from Ukraine about 15 years ago — “woke up and she walked the dog and she had breakfast with Olivia.”
At noon, Patchin drove her daughter to Manhattan to visit a friend who lives in the Hell’s Kitchen building.
“I said, ‘Go with God.’ She believes in God very much,” Anna said before bursting into tears.
“I don’t understand what happened.”
Woman leaps from NYC building with child in her arms
Anna said the friend was celebrating a birthday on Monday and Patchin “wanted to meet with them.”
Following the deadly plunge, Anna said, the friend told her that “Olivia said, ‘Mama, let’s go to the roof.’”
“They always like to go up to the roof,” she said.
In the days leading to the tragedy, Patchin enrolled Olivia in a Catholic school on Friday and took her to Brighton Beach on Saturday for dance lessons.
Upon their return, Patchin said, “Olivia liked it. We will be every Saturday to dance,” her mom recalled.
Anna also said her daughter “was not sad” when she saw her for the last time.
“She was doing better. She was going to the gym. She was healthy,” she said.
“All her friends said, ‘You must be strong. You have a daughter. She needs you.’”
Patchin’s pal added that “She loved her daughter so much.”
“I want people to know that this wasn’t her,” the friend said. “She was a warm, loving person who cared about everyone.”
“I tried so hard to help her,” the pal continued. “She was reaching out for help and we did everything we could for her. “