By Atiya Riffat
A former Playboy model who was involved in a custody battle apparently jumped with her 7-year-old son from a hotel in midtown Manhattan and both died, law enforcement officials told the Associated Press on Friday. Stephanie Adams and her son Vincent had checked into the penthouse suite of the Gotham Hotel on the 25th floor on Thursday.
The bodies of Stephanie Adams, 47, and the unidentified boy were found on the second floor of the rear part of The Gotham Hotel on East 46th Street in Midtown, sources said.
Adams had a history of domestic violence with her estranged husband, sources told ABC News. The boy was present during disputes between the parents, a law enforcement official said.
The Administration for Children’s Services has an active case with the family that has been open for at least seven months, the law enforcement source said.
Authorities from the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner enter the Gotham Hotel
Adams and her son checked into the hotel Thursday at 6 p.m. and were assigned to the 25th floor suite, according to NYPD Chief William Aubry.
A police officer stands outside the Gotham Hotel in New York after reports that a woman jumped from the building with a child on May 18, 2018.
Investigators went to the hotel about 8:30 a.m. after an individual’s “attention was drawn to that second-floor area,” Aubry said.
“He heard two loud noises and his attention was drawn to that and he discovered two deceased individuals,” he said.
Detectives are still processing the scene for forensic and video evidence and seeking out additional witnesses, police said.
The Gotham Hotel in New York is pictured in a Google Street View image taken in November 2017.
The Gotham Hotel is located on 46th Street, about four blocks from Grand Central Terminal.
Adams came out as Playboy magazine’s first lesbian centerfold in 2003. But she was later married to an investment banker for two years before becoming engaged to Nicolai in 2009.
At the time, she 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!”