A Houston, Texas woman has been found guilty of capital murder after she buried her two-month-old son alive in a ghastly case of infanticide.
Yesterday, a jury in the capital murder case only needed to deliberate for two hours before finalizing its verdict that Narjes Modarresi was guilty of murder. her defense attorney argued that she suffered from mental health issues, including depression and thoughts of suicide at the time of the baby’s death when she buried her infant son in mud near a bayou in April 2010.
The defense lawyer said Modarresi suffers from bipolar disorder and never had a specific intent to kill, which is one of the criminal requirements for a capital murder charge. He will appeal the decision and fight for time in a psychiatric hospital.
Meanwhile, prosecutor Sunni Mitchell said Modarresi never formed a bond with a newborn “she never wanted and never loved.” Prosecutors said Modarresi not only committed the murder, but also planned and covered it up.
“What happened to him was not right, what happened was not justified, and regardless of the fact that his mother had a mental illness, it does not excuse her for what she did to him,” prosecutor Donna Logan said.
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Modarresi initially told police that two men assaulted her and kidnapped her child while she was out walking in the 8000 block of Woodway. After a lengthy interview with investigators, police said Modarresi changed her story. She told police the boy was dead and led them to the bank of Buffalo Bayou where her son was in a shallow grave.
An autopsy later revealed the child had mud and water in his lungs and stomach, indicating he was alive when he was put there.