Tanisha N. Fearon was taken into police custardy and charged with second-degree murder on Thursday after throwing her six-month-old daughter from her apartment window. Neighbors reported hearing screaming and yelling as early as Wednesday evening from the apartment before they heard Fearon scream that she was going to throw the baby.
According to The New York Times, Neighbor Lizette Rodriguez, heard Fearon say, ‘’Hallelujah, praise God, we’re all going to die.” Something had to have been seriously wrong neighbors and family members claim, Fearson, 27, has three other children a 10-year-old son, and two daughters aged 8 and 4 and was reportedly a good mother, her children were always clean and well looked after.
Another neighbor, Gregorio Lopez, who had climbed up onto a nearby roof to try to calm her down said the view he saw through her window into her apartment was horrifying. Fearson and the three children were all naked and the children were lying in a row on the floor.
Neighbors called the police but it was to late, several neighbors heard a thud and knew Fearson had thrown the baby out the window. Before she tossed 6-month-old baby Junilah Lawrence out of the window she screamed, ‘’Hallelujah” The New York Daily News reports.
Police had to force entry into her apartment, located near East 182nd Street in the Bronx, N.Y. Fearson was then taken into police custardy before she was sent to hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Fearson’s other children were allocated in child welfare. According to News One, Luella Hatch, Fearson’s godmother heard her scream ‘’the devil is in her” during her arrest but it is not apparent if Fearson was talking about the baby or herself.
The baby was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. This comes as a shock to everyone that knows her. Fearson lived alone and was allegedly raising the children by herself.
This is the third incident where a mother has thrown her baby from a window. In September a mother threw her newborn baby daughter from her seventh floor window in the Bronx and in August a Queens mother threw her baby son from the fourth floor window. It is clear that mothers, especially those living in low-income situations, are in desperate need of mental evaluation as they could be suffering from postpartum depression after childbirth.