John Spincken holding his two children, ages 1 and 3, stood at the edge of a bridge at Wanaque River in northern New Jersey waiting to jump in an apparent suicide.
According to CNN, state police said all three plunged from a bridge into the water. The two toddlers survived the fall, but their father did not. Spincken was a 37-year-old resident who died in the apparent suicide Monday.
In a news conference Tuesday, Capt. Christopher DePuyt of the Pequannock Township Police Department said, “When the officers found the children conscious and alert, it was nothing short of a miracle, that’s for sure.”
Prior to the jump, police responded to a domestic dispute call Monday to a residence in Pequannock Township. Reportedly, the woman at the residence said she had an argument with her husband and he threatened to harm their children. Shortly after the argument, he took off with the boys in his car.
DePuyt said authorities tracked down Spincken’s vehicle using GPS signal on his phone and were able to locate the man and the children.