Editor’s note: This story has been updated after police made an arrest. The story below has been updated to reflect the new information.
HIGHBRIDGE, the Bronx (PIX11) – A mother and father are in police custody after a baby girl was found dead in a wooded area in the Bronx Sunday night, police said.
Police said Damion Comager, 23, of the Bronx, was arrested on charges of murder, manslaughter and concealment of a human corpse on Monday around 8 p.m. Damion Comager’s own father is the man who turned him in.
“I love my daughter,” Damion Comager told PIX11 News while being escorted away in handcuffs. “It was a mistake.”
PIX11 spoke with Mr. Comager. He said he told police his son confessed to shaking the baby two weeks ago, accidentally killing her, and then disposing of her tiny body.
The child’s mother, Ivana Paolozzi, 20, of the Bronx, was arrested as well on charges of concealment of a human corpse and obstructing governmental administration, according to officials.
Three-month-old Genevieve Comager was found dead near West 161st Street and the Major Deegan Expressway in Highbridge around 8:30 p.m., NYPD officials said. The baby lived nearby in the Bronx on University Avenue, according to police.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the baby’s cause of death.