Newborn With Umbilical Cord Still Attached is Found Dead Behind Apartment Building
A newborn baby girl with her umbilical cord still attached found dead in an alleyway behind a Bronx apartment block was alive when she fell multiple stories to her death, officials said.
The infant died from multiple blunt force injuries and her death was labeled a homicide, New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson said Tuesday.
Emergency responders discovered the baby in the rear of 130 W. 183rd St. near Sedgwick Avenue in University Heights about 2:30 p.m. on Monday but she could not be saved, officials said.
It was not immediately clear how many stories the baby had fallen, sources said.
A woman was taken in for questioning by police in connection to the incident, the sources told INSIDE EDITION, noting that she was being evaluated at a hospital in New York on Tuesday.
The woman, identified by the New York Daily News as Jennifer Berry, 33, reportedly told police she gave birth in the shower of her apartment Monday afternoon and that the baby died before she tossed her out the window.
Berry allegedly confessed to authorities that when she realized the newborn was not breathing, she threw the baby and the placenta out the window, the Daily News reported.
Berry was taken into custody shortly after the baby was discovered and initially denied having ever been pregnant, the Daily News wrote. Her husband, 28-year-old Giovanni Johnson, was interviewed by police, but said he didn't know his wife was pregnant. Sources told the Daily News that months ago, Berry told Johnson she had an abortion.
Police said no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
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