12-year-old boy jumps to his death

Kyodo News

A 12-year-old boy died Monday after falling from the 11th floor of his apartment building in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, in an apparent suicide, police said.

The boy jumped from about 30 meters at around 8 a.m., police said. A witness called the police after seeing him climbing over the handrail of the stairs between the 11th and 12th floors.

An officer responded to the call and saw the boy leap.

A student in his first year of junior high school, he was wearing his school uniform. Monday was the first day of school after the summer break.

His parents were not at home when he jumped, the police said.