In New York, 28-year-old Christina Colantonio was charged with second-degree murder after killing her infant daughter and then living with her remains in her apartment for three months. Fox News reports that police launched an investigation into the child’s death last week and she was sentenced on August 29th. Someone who was visiting Colantonio’s Batavia apartment discovered the baby and immediately alerted the police.
Investigators believe Colantonio, who has two other children, killed her baby three months ago right after she was born. However, officials will not say how the baby died but say they certain her death was a murder. According to the Daily Mail, Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said investigators “had enough evidence to come to a conclusion it was intentionally caused.”
Currently, Colantonio is being held without bail and the detective involved with the arrest, Sgt. Todd Crossett, said the police who found the baby are being offered counseling because of the severity of the case. He explained, “It’s not something you see on a regular basis. They are the most vulnerable part of the population.”
As LifeNews previously reported, in 2013, a newborn was found dead at a Victoria Secret store in New York. His teen mother, Tiona Rodriguez, allegedly killed her son and then claimed she suffered a miscarriage. The boy’s body was found after Rodriquez was approached by a police officer that smelled a foul odor coming from her bag.
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Then, in March, New York woman Latisha Fisher killed her 20-month-old baby boy in a restaurant bathroom. The woman was caught holding her hand over her son’s mouth as foam was coming from his son’s nose and mouth. Fisher said, “I put my hand over his mouth to put him to sleep.” Then Fisher tried to stop paramedics from performing CPR on her son and he was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital. Later she said “the Devil made her do it.” The law enforcement official who arrived at the scene said the mother seemed “soulless.” He elaborated, “She put her hand over his mouth and smothered him.”
Infanticide cases like these are especially upsetting since many states in the U.S. have safe haven laws, which allow women to leave unharmed babies at safe locations such as hospitals or police stations. New York adopted a safe haven law in 2000, and in 2010 it was amended to ensure that parents who abandon their child in a safe way, are not held criminally liable.