A mother says she tossed her newborn son from a fourth-floor window because an evil spirit had taken over the child's body, according to court papers filed by prosecutors.
Rashida Chowdhury, 21, from Queens, New York, is being held without bail after her arrest last week in the death of her one-month-old son, Rizwan.
She initially told detectives that she had been asleep in bed with the baby and woke to discover he was gone, according to court papers, which were filed on Monday.
Police say she later admitted to throwing him out the window. He fell 40 feet to the ground below, authorities say.
She allegedly told them that he had been possessed by an evil spirit and had been really sick recently.
She said she was “stopping the pain,” according to the court papers.
Officials say the baby had been hospitalized for three days with a viral infection and was discharged the day before his death.
The infant’s father and other relatives were inside the home but didn’t know what happened until they saw the body, police say.
The child died from blunt impact injuries sustained from the fall, according to the medical examiner’s office.
"This is a truly horrific and disturbing case of a mother accused of killing her helpless infant son," Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement. “He fell more than 40 feet to the pavement and died. The alleged actions of the defendant are totally incomprehensible."
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