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Casmine Aska, 17, is accused of throwing 9-year-old Freddy Martin (inset) off the roof of a 5-story building in the Bronx.
A teen accused of tossing a boy from the roof of a Bronx building earlier this month is speaking out.
Casmine Aska, 17, told the Daily News he was too traumatized to call police after watching his 9-year-old neighbor, Freddy Martin, fall five-stories from the roof of their building in Morris Heights.
Aska is currently behind bars at Rikers Island. He has pleaded not guilt to attempted murder charges in connection with the child's fall.
In his interview with the paper, Aska admitted to grabbing a bite to eat and preparing for a nap, while Martin lay helpless on the ground.
Martin survived the fall, but remains in the hospital. According to court documents Martin told authorities that Aska dragged him to the roof and threw him off.
But Aska told the News that he had tried unsuccessfully to rescue Martin who he said was hanging from the edge of the building before he fell.
“I told him to swing his other hand so I could grab it and pull it up,” Aska said to the News. “But when he swung, he fell. . . It was unintentional. I did not throw him.”
Aska would not say how they ended up on the roof, the News said.