NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The teenager accused of throwing a 9-year-old boy from a rooftop in the Bronx has claimed that he only slipped and dropped the boy by accident.

Casmine Aska, 17, is charged with second-degree attempted murder. Police said he hurled Freddy Martin, 9, off the roof of the five-story building at 1545 Nelson Ave. in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx.

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A police report said Aska told investigators he grabbed Freddy by the legs while on the rooftop around 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Aska said he slipped, and the boy fell five stories.

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Police said Aska did not call 911, and did not tell his mother.

Freddy was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, police said. As of late Sunday night, he was in a medically-induced coma.

The fourth grader lives with his parents and grandparents in the of the five-story building, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported. The suspect is his neighbor in the building – one lived on the fourth floor, the other on the third.

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