A former playboy centerfold and her 7-year old son both fell to their deaths after apparently jumping from a 25th-floor window of a Midtown hotel penthouse suite where the mother and son had been staying for the past few nights.
The New York Daily News (NYDailyNews) reports, the fatal falls of Stephanie Adams and her son Vincent were the final scene in a longstanding family feud between Adams and her estranged husband Dr, Charles Nicolai, according to sources.
Police said there was no suicide note left in the $849-a-night suite. Adams and her son checked into the hotel at 5:56 pm on Thursday evening. The two spent the night in the penthouse alone. Speculation among hotel employees was that Adams may have dropped her son from the window before leaping to her death at around 8:30 am.
“From what the guests told me, they heard a light drop and then a heavier drop. I’m still in shook up about it.” An employee from the hotel told the Times.
Adams was in the middle of a nasty divorce from Nicolai, who is the owner of Wall Street Chiropractic & Wellness, according to court documents. Adams had recently asked a judge to allow her to take her son to Spain. According to Nicolai’s lawyer, William Beslow, Adams’ request was denied by the judge.
“Apparently this was a trip for which there wasn’t going to be a return to the United States. The court believed that wouldn’t be appropriate given the child’s relationship with Dr. Nicolai” Beslow said.
The NYPD responded to five domestic disputes between the couple from the months July 2017 through March 2018, sources said. There was also an order of protection involved in the matter. It remains unclear which spouse asked for the court order, but Adams did make social media post suggesting that she herself, may have been a victim of abuse. Including this tweet from March 20th.
Stephanie Adams was 46-years old.