In a horrific case of infanticide, a woman in New York is now facing manslaughter charges after she repeatedly hit her baby multiple times to stop the 15-month-old girl from crying. Afterwards, she allegedly put the infant in the freezer.
When authorities discovered the child she was reportedly already dead. Here’s more on this terrible act of violence:
A New York mother is facing a first-degree manslaughter charge in the death of her baby girl whose body was “extremely cold.”
Officials say the 15-month-old may have been placed in a freezer.
Police received a 911 call at about 5:30 a.m. Friday from an apartment in Mount Vernon, N.Y., according to a statement from the mayor’s office. Officials said 15-month-old Samia Yusef may have been dead for several hours when police found her. She was pronounced dead a half-hour later.
“It was a gruesome discovery that shocked even our most senior officers on the job,” Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Ronald Fatigate said in the statement.
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A felony complaint obtained by The Washington Post states that Samia’s mother, Dasia Bartee, 26, struck the child in the back “six to seven times” with a closed fist to stop her from crying. She suffered significant injuries to her face, a lumbar fracture and internal bleeding.
The alleged crime happened just after 10 p.m. Thursday, officials said.
“This child clearly died a painful, horrible death,” Westchester Assistant District Attorney Karen Herbert said during Bartee’s arraignment Monday, according to the Journal News.