A former Playboy playmate, along with her 7-year-old son, tragically jumped to their deaths from a hotel early Friday morning, New York Post reports. Stephanie Adams, 47, checked in to the Gotham hotel in Manhattan on Thursday night with her son Vincent and headed to a 25th floor penthouse suite, according to NYPD Chief of Manhattan Detectives William Aubrey.
Sources told the NY Post the former model jumped from the suite window while holding her son at around 8:15 a.m. Their bodies were discovered later on a second-floor landing in the courtyard of the hotel. "Early this morning investigators located an individual whose attention was drawn to that same second-floor area when he heard two loud noises," Aubrey said. "His attention was drawn to that and he discovered these two deceased individuals."
Adams was in the middle of a custody battle over her son with estranged husband, Charles Nicolai, who she married in 2009. Sources say their relationship was so strained she would meet him at the First Precinct in Tribeca to hand Vincent over for visits. Adams reportedly spoke to NY Post's Richard Johnson on Thursday night about the fact that Nicolai and his legal team were preventing her from taking her son to Spain for the summer, after she asked a judge for permission. "All I want to do is take my son and get away from this nightmare for a few days," she told Johnson. "But they won't let me."
In 2003, Adams became Playboy's first lesbian centerfold and would go on to write several self-help books, run an organic beauty company, and at one point manage the finances for Wall Street Chiropractic & Wellness which Nicolai owned.