Police: Mother throws baby into ocean

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Police have charged a 23-year-old woman with second-degree aggravated assault for allegedly throwing her month-old baby into the ocean in Atlantic City.

Sgt. Monica McMenamin tells The Press of Atlantic City that Patricia Shurig was seen throwing the infant into the water Sunday afternoon near the end of Pacific Avenue in the city’s Inlet section. Shurig then jumped in.

Bystanders plunged into the water and pulled the two to shore, and a fisherman gave the baby CPR. Both were treated at a hospital.

Shurig is being held on $100,000 bail. It was not immediately known if she has a lawyer.

McMenamin praised the “bravery of those men” who jumped into the ocean to rescue Shurig and the baby.



  • Andrea Olmanson

    Sounds like the mother has a postpartum psychosis and that those closest to her weren’t taking the drastic but necessary steps. I had a look at her facebook page and she’s been posting what are obviously delusional rants, the sort of speech of someone who has lost touch with reality. Why didn’t her friends take the necessary steps to get her medicated and to get her baby somewhere safe? Sounds to me like there is a lot of collective responsibility here and that she’s going to be the only one punished.

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