Queens mom allegedly kills 11-month-old son after ‘reaching breaking point’

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ELMHURST, Queens (PIX11) -- Detectives say she told them that she killed her own baby boy because she had "reached her breaking point."

Now, Nicole "Nikki" Kelly is in police custody charged with the second degree murder of her 11-month-old son, and the story surrounding his death is disturbing to people who knew him and his mother.

The child, Kiam Felix, Jr., was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital on Sunday afternoon after Kelly, 22, brought him into the emergency room with the boy's father, who does not live with them.

Instead, Kelly and her baby boy rented a room from another woman, who herself has a two year-old boy. "I really don't want to talk about it," the woman, who would not give her name, said Tuesday morning regarding her roommate's arrest the day before.

She did describe the child who had been staying in her home until she saw him unconscious with his mother on Sunday afternoon. "He was a happy baby," she told PIX11 News.

Indeed, in every photo of him on Facebook, little Kiam Felix looks sweet, kind and happy. Some of the photos are particularly disturbing based on information conveyed by Kelly's housemate.

She said that she'd seen Kelly on Sunday afternoon with the body of her lifeless baby, just before the baby's father had come over to take him and Kelly to the hospital. The baby was dressed in a completely white outfit -- vest, collared shirt, necktie, pants and socks, identical to the wallpaper photos on Kelly's Facebook page.

Below that photo banner, Kelly had posted, in part, after her son's death, "Missing my baby boy so much wish there was some way I could bring him back to life I feel horrible knowing he passed away. Am [sic] his Mother. I was supposed to protect him."

Police at the nearby 110th Precinct could not agree more. They arrested Kelly, and after questioning her, they reported to district attorney's office investigators that the woman who has worked as a home health aide wrapped her baby so tightly in a bed sheet Sunday that he couldn't breathe or move.

She left him alone on the bed for a half hour, while she showered. After he turned blue, Kelly called the boy's father, who took them to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead early Sunday evening.

After she was taken into custody, according to the Queens District Attorney's Office, she told investigators, "I reached my breaking point, I didn't want him anymore."

Two ironies are worth mentioning. It was Kelly's 22nd birthday on Monday, the same day she was arrested for causing the death the day before. Also, she is currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Elmhurst Hospital, the same facility to which she'd brought her son.

She is currently expected to make a first appearance before a judge on the murder charge on Wednesday. Kelly will be arraigned at her bedside at Elmhurst Hospital.

If she is found guilty, she faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.



  • JillS2009

    Fact of the matter is, abortion IS an option. Many insurance companies will even cover the cost. I cannot believe some of you think that abortion is worse than killing a living child or placing said child onto the never-ending adoption list. There is no excuse for this to happen – anybody would have taken the baby off her hands. This isn’t a case of postpartum psychosis, this is a case of “woman doesn’t want child anymore and makes it happen. ” She should serve nothing less than life behind bars, we don’t need people like this walking the streets.

    • ILoveEugenics

      This is why abortion needs to STAY an option, why Birth Control should be FREE TO ALL WOMEN, and why the government should pay a stipend to those that choose to be STERILIZED, or who choose a 5+ year IUD.

  • Bee

    My prayers and condolence goes out to her and family. The Media have a wicked way of twisting the truth, including the police and DA office, all of government officials. It’s more to this story then the public is lead to believe. I don’t believe she hurt, harm or kill her child. We as human beings have to be careful about judging people, rather it’s family or friends especially when you really don’t know the full truth about this story. Sometime new mothers have a harsh way of punishing themselves when things go wrong with their parenting skills. So until we know the facts of this case, just be mindful of the families on both side of this situation. The only true JUDGE in this case is GOD, we will probably never know the truth behind this incident. It’s only three witnesses that’s GOD, NICOLE and KIAM JR. It’s all speculation right NOW. I pray that GOD bless all that’s involved, may peace and healing be with you ALL.

  • Amber Rose

    its sad all the way around , but the laws of America are so twisted ,Having an abortion isn’t considered murder ,what she did was the same thing as having an abortion , What she did wasn’t right at all, they are getting ready to give her 25 To life well if that’s the case everyone who has ever had an abortion should be getting 25to life!!..but anyway this is extremely sad and heart breaking !!!!

  • noofcoursenot

    ugh!!! give her ((DEATH )))!!!!!!!!!!!
    no good mother!!! If She was crazy she would of killer herself. Die Slow!!!
    no good mother Die Slow!!!!

  • Christina Bacon

    What the hell is wrong with people now a days. If this woman did not want her child then why didn’t she give him to his father and if he didn’t want him then give him to someone who can’t have kids, Lord knows there’s plenty of people out here that cannot have kids that would love to have a child. At least then he would still be alive and taken good care of so he could have a life. I just don’t understand why people do that to their kids and then they boo whoooo later saying that they miss that child and wished they could bring them back…please, if that were the case she shouldn’t have done it in the first place.

  • Anita

    How any idiot will compare this to Abortion is beyond stupid!the boy was born n was healthy! The mother just wanted to enjoy a single life without having a child depend on her. I hope she Rots behind bars!!!!

  • jansport

    e As tired of the baby who didn’t she just give him to his father or a close relative? She didn’t have to take his life!

  • Ebonie

    He could have been saved the day before. She left him outside. The neighbor said he was out there for at least 15 min alone. She should’ve called the police. He maybe still alive! Wishful thinking!

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