A New York state woman who admitted to throwing her newborn daughter out of a seventh-story window will serve 10 years in prison for the crime.
The Journal News reports Jennifer Berry, 35, of Yonkers, New York, killed her newborn daughter on Sept. 28, 2015, hiding the infant’s birth from her boyfriend. Authorities said Berry told him that she had had an abortion and was no longer pregnant.
On Friday, she pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, and will be sentenced to 10 years in prison as part of a plea deal in December, according to the report.
Berry gave birth to her baby girl in the shower of her boyfriend’s Bronx apartment in 2015, according to authorities. Officials said she dropped the baby out of a seventh-story window, and later told them that the baby was not breathing at the time.
Police said when they found the infant’s body, her umbilical cord still was attached. Later, an autopsy determined that the baby was alive when her mother dropped her out the window to her death, the report states.
Authorities said Berry’s boyfriend did not know anything about the baby’s birth.
“A baby girl had barely come into the world when she died in a concrete courtyard,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said in a statement. “The killing of an innocent baby by her mother is one of the most heinous crimes imaginable.”
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