A 6-month-old girl died Thursday after being tossed from the window of an apartment building, witnesses and police said, the third child killed that way in the city in three months.
The New York Police Department said a 25-year-old woman believed to be the infant’s mother was in the Bronx apartment with four children at the time. The three other children were taken to a hospital. They were not injured.
The woman was taken from the home in the Fordham Heights neighborhood to a hospital for an evaluation. No charges have been filed.
A witness told WABC that the woman had been dangling the child outside of the window.
“And then that’s when the neighbors started screaming, ‘No, no, no, no!'” Lizette Rodriguez said. “They were yelling at her, ‘Don’t do it! Think about it.'”
Rodriguez said the woman said, “‘I’m going to throw the baby out the window,’ and the woman was screaming, ‘We’re all gonna die!’ And that’s when I figured, OK, this is time to call 911.” She said she heard the baby hit the ground while she was dialing.
This is the third death of a child tossed from a New York apartment since August.
Last month, a newborn girl with her umbilical cord still attached was found dead outside an apartment building in the University Heights section of the borough. Authorities arrested her mother on murder and manslaughter charges, saying she hid her pregnancy and threw the child to her death from a seventh-story window shortly after giving birth.
In August, police arrested a Queens woman in connection with the death of her month-old son. According to court papers, she told authorities an evil spirit had possessed the boy and she was “stopping the pain” when she threw him from the fourth-floor window. Investigators were looking into whether postpartum depression was a factor, but no clinical diagnoses had been made.