Authorities in New York City have identified the woman and child who plunged to their deaths after falling from the 25th-floor of a New York City hotel on Friday morning.
Around 8:15 a.m., former Playboy Playmate Stephanie Adams jumped with her 7-year-old son Vincent from a penthouse suite at the Gotham Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
According to the New York Post, Adams was embroiled in a nasty custody battle with her estranged husband, Charles Nicolai, 47, owner of Wall Street Chiropractic & Wellness. Sources reported that Nicolai’s lawyer had recently demanded that Adams turn over Vincent’s passport.
The relationship between Adams and Nicolai was allegedly so toxic that, in order to ensure that no violence occurred, she would meet him at the First Precinct in Tribeca to deliver Vincent for visitation with his father.
NYPD Chief of Manhattan Detectives William Aubrey said at a press conference that Adams and her son checked into the hotel around 6 p.m. on Thursday. The bodies of the mother and son were found this morning on a second-floor landing in the hotel’s rear courtyard.
“Early this morning investigators located an individual whose attention was drawn to that same second-floor area when he heard two loud noises,” Aubrey said. “His attention was drawn to that and he discovered these two deceased individuals.”
It has not yet been disclosed whether Adams, who was Playboy’s Miss November 1992, left behind a suicide note.
In 2003, Adams came out as Playboy magazine’s first lesbian centerfold, but she later married an investment banker for two years prior to becoming engaged to Nicolai in 2009.
The Post profiled Adams in 2003, noting that the former Wilhelmina and Elite model-turned-author had written 25 New Age self-help books, ran an online organic beauty products company and managed the finances for Nicolai’s chiropractic office.
“The stereotypes are sexist and unfair,” Adams said at the time. “Just because I look a certain way and have expensive tastes, it doesn’t mean I’m shallow. Style and looks don’t mean lack of brains, sweetheart!”