A-33-year-old woman, Berry Jennifer, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter for allegedly throwing her new born baby out of a seventh-floor window in the courtyard of the Bronx apartment on W. 183rd Street, New York City.
Jennifer allegedly told the law enforcement officials on interrogation, that she gave birth to a stillborn baby in the shower, then threw the child out of her boyfriend’s bathroom window in The Bronx on Monday afternoon.
However, according to the city’s Chief Medical Examiner, Barbara Sampson, the child was still alive when her mother tossed her, revealing that an autopsy carried out, confirmed that the infant was still breathing in the apartment. The autopsy reportedly ruled the death a homicide.
Dr Sampson said, “The cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries. The dead infant’s umbilical cord was still attached. There was air in the lungs, this was a healthy baby girl,” he added.
Soon after Jennifer tossed the child, her 28-year-old boyfriend, Giovanni Johnson, reportedly discovered her sitting in the shower next to a pool of blood, which she insisted was from her menstrual cycle, cops sources reveal.
Johnson told cops that he asked if she was pregnant, and she told him she’d had an abortion about four months ago.
Jennifer’s mother, speaking on the incident, said ironically, her daughter used to work for Child Protective Services and one may wonder why such act should come from her, as she is expected to know better.
She further said she suspected her daughter was pregnant, but didn’t know for sure, adding that she had been waiting for Jennifer to say something to her.
Jennifer was reportedly charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter after an autopsy determined the death was a homicide caused by multiple blunt-force trauma.
She was remanded without bail. She next appears in court October 5.
Adeyemi Peter Olaoluwa