An infant girl died on Thursday afternoon after police said she was dropped out from a Bronx apartment window by her mother and fell six floors — the third such incident in recent months in the city.
Police and FDNY arrived at 2200 Tiebout Ave. in East Tremont at around 1:45 p.m. after receiving calls that an infant was allegedly thrown out a window.
Paramedics rushed the 6-month-old child, identified as Janillah Lawrence to St. Barnabas Hospital in critical condition, but doctors declared her dead at 2:30 p.m.
NYPD said the baby girl was tossed out the window by a woman identified as her mother, 27-year-old Tenisha Fearon.
Officers also found three other children in the apartment, ages 4, 8 and 10. An FDNY spokesman said all were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital for evaluation.
A report from the Daily News on the horrifying incident describes Fearon as naked andscreaming “We’re all going to die!” before letting the child drop to her death. Neighbors who witness the horror yelled at the mother and called 911.
She was also reportedly shouting‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Praise the Lord!’” and before throwing the child onto the pavement, tossed household items out the window.
After killing her infant, Fearon lay on the floor with her other children, who were also naked, the Daily News reported. As the mother was taken away by police she yelled out “the devil is in her.”
Three weeks ago, emergency personnel responded to University Heights for an unrelated case when a newborn girl who still had an umbilical cord attached was found dead.
Police charged her mother, Jennifer Berry, with murder for allegedly throwing the baby out a bathroom window. Berry told police the child was stillborn. The medical examiner's office said the child died from blunt force impact.
In August a 21-year-old Queens mother was arrested after she threw her newborn out afourth-floor window because she allegedly believed he was possesed by the devil. Rashida Chowdhury, of Richmond Hill, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of her son who was only a few weeks old.