A Newly-engaged mom was paranoid before she plunged to her death with her baby son at a baseball game, court documents claim.
Raquel Wilkins, 40, and baby Denzel Browning-Wilkins, two, died after falling 82 feet at San Diego’s Petco Park stadium in September 2021.
Wilkins’ partner Christopher Browning revealed he saw her and their son looking directly at him before they fell to their deaths.
Authorities ruled Wilkins’ death a suicide, while Denzel’s death was classified as a homicide.
Browning believes the murder-suicide was “very intentional and planned”, according to court documents seen by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
He claimed that Wilkins had become paranoid months before the horror plunge.
Browning said: “I think she had a character breakdown. Things were getting very unstable.”
And, she reportedly talked about the height required for a potential fall to be fatal.
Browning told cops that Wilkins appeared to be happy on the day of the fall, according to the documents.
Investigators initially claimed that Browning and Wilkins had an argument the night before, but he disputed the reports.
Browning said that his partner had been crying.
Wilkins’ family claimed her behavior had previously been “sketchy”.
Browning was left in “complete shock” after his girlfriend and son fell to their deaths.
First responders rushed to the scene but the pair died before they could be taken to the hospital.
Wilkins and Denzel had plunged from the third-level concourse of the baseball stadium.
Attorney Dan Gilleon claimed: “They concluded she did it [intentionally] but there is no evidence she did it.”
Gilleon previously claimed that cops “flat out refused to explain” its suicide-homicide conclusion.
He told the Union-Tribune: “The city of San Diego owns that ballpark, it is legally responsible, assuming that what caused her to fall was anything but her intent.
“The only way the city is not at fault is if she intended to kill herself and her baby.”
Denzel was reportedly due to start preschool just two days after he died.
Browning said: “I’m grateful for the years I had with him and I am sure I will see him again.”
Petco Park has been the home of Major League Baseball (MLB) side San Diego Padres since 2004.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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