NEW YORK (AP) — A mother was arrested on a murder charge after her newborn baby boy was found dead in the courtyard of their apartment building, police said Saturday.
Rashida Chowdhury, 21, was awaiting arraignment a day after the infant, whom police identified as Rizwan Ahmad, was found dead in a onesie in the barren area in the middle of their building.
It was unclear whether Chowdhury had a lawyer who could comment on the charges, and no telephone number could immediately be found for her Queens apartment.
Medical examiners ruled the baby's death a homicide, saying he died of blunt impact injuries and had suffered skull fractures and lacerations to the brain, liver and spleen.
But police haven't publicly detailed how they believe he died. They had been investigating whether he fell, was tossed from a window or was left in the courtyard, and they had questioned other relatives in addition to the mother.
Neighbor Mazol Ilyayeva told reporters she heard something fall around 4 a.m. Friday and then saw the child's lifeless, bloody body in the courtyard.
"I couldn't move. I couldn't scream," she said Friday. "I couldn't even look. ... It's horrible."
She said the parents had seemed stricken as they stood in the courtyard after.
"The mom was holding the husband," she said. "Their faces were blank."