MORRIS PARK, Bronx — The mother of a 2-month-old baby found in a wooded area in Dutchess County, N.Y., now faces charges, along with the boy’s father.
Danielle Whyte, 31, faces a manslaughter charge after the badly beaten body of little Mason Whyte was discovered in a shallow grave in December.
The mother was also charged with criminally negligent homicide and concealment of a human corpse.
Whyte knew the danger Mason was in, all but ensuring his death by leaving the boy alone with his father, who had threatened to kill the child, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s office said.
Investigators found the boy’s body after Danielle Whyte, who was under psychiatric care at New York Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains, told a hospital worker about Mason’s death several days after he died, according to police.
Police first arrested Jose Feliciano, the boy's father, who they believe killed Mason in the apartment on Bogart Avenue in the Bronx he shares with Whyte. Surveillance video from Feliciano's apartment building showed him leaving the building with a duffel bag Dec. 10.
According to authorities, Feliciano was jealous of the attention Mason was getting from the boy's mother and strangled the child.
Police said Feliciano and Whyte took the baby to Dover, N.Y. to dispose of the body.
Investigators searched the area around Dover, N.Y. They found the body of the 2-month-old in the wooded area around Kitchen Corner Road and Route 22, behind a motel.
Feliciano, also known as Alexis, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, concealment of a human corpse and manslaughter of a person under 11 years old.