BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn — A 24-year-old Brooklyn mother was charged with attempted murder after she threw her 4-week-old baby and her 2-year-old child as well as herself out of an apartment window in Brooklyn Saturday, according to police.
Police said the call came in just before 11:30 a.m. at a building on Rockaway Parkway, near Winthrop Street, in Brownsville.
According to the NYPD, the young mother pushed the air conditioner out of her bedroom window, then threw her newborn out, down two-and-a-half stories to the pavement. She threw her 2-year-old son down as well, police said.
She then jumped naked from the window, officials said. It was not immediately known which floor the apartment is located on.
A witness said the woman slammed the baby on the cement before a neighbor was able to jump over a fence and get in the way. Eyewitnesses said it could have been even worse had that neighbor not intervened.
All three were rushed to an area hospital, where the infant was listed in critical condition, police said. The mom and toddler’s conditions were described as “stable” by authorities. It was not clear what led to the disturbing incident.
On Saturday night, police told PIX11 News they charged the mother — identified by authorities as Dejhanny Jarrell — with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of acting in a manner injurious to a child.
New York has a safe haven law, the Abandoned Infant Protection Act, that allows a parent to safely give up a baby up to 30 days old anonymously and without prosecution. Parents can surrender an infant at hospitals, staffed police or fire stations and other designated spaces.
A parent cannot be charged with a crime if the baby is left with an appropriate person or in a suitable location if the parent immediately notifies an appropriate person of the infant’s location.
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