Two Boys Expected to Make ‘Miracle’ Recovery After Father Dies in Leap From NJ Bridge — and Took the Children With him


Two boys are recovering from serious injuries they sustained when their father grabbed them and plunged about 100 feet from a highway bridge onto a wooded embankment following a domestic dispute with his wife, New Jersey State Police said. 

The 1-year-old and 3-year-old boys were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital Monday night after their father, identified as John Spincken, jumped off the bridge over the Wanaque River with his children in his arms. Spincken died.

State troopers were called to Interstate 287 near mile marker 56 about 8 p.m. after getting reports from a local police department about the suicidal father.

Police said Spincken was arguing with his wife and that he threatened to harm himself and his children before taking off with the boys in his SUV. The wife called 911 and police used the GPS in Spincken’s cellphone to track him within a 2,000 square foot radius.

Searchers found the man and his sons in the woods near the river, troopers said. Spincken was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police found the father’s SUV near the bridge. They believe he climbed on top of the vehicle and scaled the “suicide prevention fence” on 287 before he jumped. He and the two boys hit the embankment below.

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SOURCE: Brian Thompson and Tracie Strahan 
NBC New York