Cops: Woman Tosses Newborn From Window

She reportedly claims the baby had died first
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2015 1:16 PM CDT
Cops: Woman Tosses Newborn From Window

A 33-year-old woman could face criminal charges after police say she threw her newborn baby—complete with placenta and umbilical cord—out the window of her New York City apartment Monday, the New York Daily News reports. She reportedly told police the baby had died before she threw it, according to the newspaper. The wife of the building's superintendent found the body while cleaning a concrete courtyard behind the building, reports the New York Times. She called 911, and the baby was pronounced dead at the scene, the AP reports. "I've never seen something so unhuman like that," the son of the woman who found the baby tells WABC. "I don't know what kind of mother would be to do that."

The baby's mother, Jennifer Berry, allegedly told police she gave birth in the shower Monday, the Daily News reports. Police say Berry originally denied the baby was hers. According to the Times, police are continuing to investigate the incident, and at least part of the baby's fall was captured on surveillance video. Berry hasn't been arrested, and charges against her are pending an autopsy and cause of death, the Daily News reports. "Oh, it just broke my heart," a neighbor tells WABC. "Just broke my heart." (Read more child murder stories.)

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