2010-06-11 / Front Page

Mystery Deepens In Dayton Plunge

By Howard Schwach

Deidre O’Donnell in a recent photo from her Facebook page. Deidre O’Donnell in a recent photo from her Facebook page. ‘I’m done with everybody,” the Facebook post said. “If we spend our time with regrets over yesterday and worries about what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live.”

After posting that statement on Facebook, if local sources are to be believed, Deidre O’Donnell, 22, then took a dive twelve stories out of her Beach 88 Street apartment window.

Official sources, however are not so sure about what happened at about 7 a.m. on June 5.

“She died from blunt impact trauma to her head and torso,” said a spokesperson for the city’s chief medical examiner, adding that the manner of death is still “pending investigation,” which often means that police were still sorting out whether it was a suicide or criminality was involved.

Some things are clear, as pieced together from friends and from the postings on her social network page.

The day before her plunge, O’Donnell was beaten by a group of girls who had been bullying her.

“If one more bitch punches me on the face, I’m going to kill someone,” she said ominously in a post just after midnight the day she died. “I’ll kick someone’s ass if they fought me one on one and not sucker punch me out of nowhere.”

About 15 minutes later, some of her friends responded that they would come and help her retaliate.

That is when she said that she was through with everybody and made the statement that indicated her despondency.

The official police report says that shortly before her plunge, O’Donnell was involved in “a verbal dispute” with her boyfriend, Maurice Maisonet, who was in the apartment, and that she was “under the influence of alcohol” and perhaps Xanax, a drug typically prescribed for mild to severe anxiety disorders. The drug’s official website warns that it is often misused as a recreational drug and is most dangerous when used in conjunction with alcohol.

Local sources say that her boyfriend was questioned by detectives from the 100 Precinct but that he was not being held in connection with her death.

“The whole thing is sketchy,” said one acquaintance, who asked not to be identified. “There are air conditioners on all of the windows. It’s hard to understand how she could have gotten out of the window with other people in the apartment.”

A spokesperson for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Public Informa tion, said that EMT’s declared her dead on the scene at 7:35 a.m.

The police report says that her mother, Diane O’Donnell and Maisonet found her laying face up outside of the apartment house and called police.

DCPI said that detectives from the 100 Precinct are investigating and that no determination of the manner of death has yet been reached.

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