NEW YORK (AP) — A mother was arrested on a murder charge after her newborn baby boy was found dead in the courtyard of their apartment building, police said Saturday.
Rashida Chowdhury, 21, was awaiting arraignment a day after the infant, whom police identified as Rizwan Ahmad, was found dead in a onesie in the barren area in the middle of their building.
It was unclear whether Chowdhury had a lawyer who could comment on the charges, and no telephone number could immediately be found for her Queens apartment.
Medical examiners ruled the baby’s death a homicide, saying he died of blunt impact injuries and had suffered skull fractures and lacerations to the brain, liver and spleen.
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But police haven’t publicly detailed how they believe he died. They had been investigating whether he fell, was tossed from a window or was left in the courtyard, and they had questioned other relatives in addition to the mother.
Neighbor Mazol Ilyayeva told reporters she heard something fall around 4 a.m. Friday and then saw the child’s lifeless, bloody body in the courtyard.
“I couldn’t move. I couldn’t scream,” she said Friday. “I couldn’t even look. … It’s horrible.”
She said the parents had seemed stricken as they stood in the courtyard after.
“The mom was holding the husband,” she said. “Their faces were blank.”