23-year-old Sabita Dookram was charged after a neighbor found the naked child lying on the ground, right next to the building's garbage.
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A woman from New York was taken into custody earlier this week after her newborn was found abandoned outside her home. According to the prosecutors in the case, 23-year-old Sabita Dookram allegedly tossed her infant outside her bathroom window, placed her clothes in the laundry hamper, then went ahead took a shower, and slept. However, her crime did not go unnoticed. Police were alerted regarding the matter after a neighbor in the area heard soft whimpering noises coming from outside their homes around 10 am, according to the district attorney's office. When she when out to look for the source of the soft cries, the neighbor was shocked to discover a newborn baby boy lying on the ground, naked.
Newborn boy left outside NYC home with umbilical cord attached, mother taken into custody https://t.co/oYLo5JbUfg— Gregory W. Chupa (@gregory_chupa) October 12, 2020
She immediately informed law enforcement officers that the child was found right next to the building's garbage. When responding officers arrived at the location, they found blood on the ground and on the side of the building's wall. The blood trail leads them to the bathroom window of the first floor where the window sill of Dookram’s bathroom was still stained by blood, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz. While being questioned by police officers about the infant and the blood trail, Dookram allegedly said, "I gave birth yesterday afternoon. I cut the cord with a scissor from the bathroom. I panicked and threw it out of the bathroom window. I did not check on the baby, I put my clothes in the laundry hamper in the bathroom, I showered and went to sleep."
True. That wouldn't be the first case (sadly)— lihi cohen (@lihicohen9) October 12, 2020
Following this confession, both Dookram and the baby were transported to a local Queens hospital. The baby boy was initially placed on a ventilator and then transferred to Cohen Children’s Medical Center. After being examined doctors noted that the infant had "suffered a traumatic brain injury with bleeding and swelling about the brain and scalp and an abdominal injury with internal bleeding." On Tuesday, District Attorney Katz announced that the resident of Richmond Hill was arraigned and charged with attempted murder among other crimes for allegedly hurling her son out of the bathroom window moments after giving birth. "This is a heartbreaking situation. A newborn baby has suffered greatly because of the alleged actions of his mother, who now faces serious charges and a lengthy prison sentence," said Katz in a statement, according to NBC New York.
Despicable. Wonder if that warrants an attempted murder charge of some kind. What a horrible thing to do to a newborn. Just utterly despicable.— George Ram (@GeorgeR63458345) October 12, 2020
Last year, authorities in Georgia found a newborn girl abandoned alive in the woods inside a plastic bag. Forsyth County deputies discovered the infant late at night after receiving a call from an individual who claimed to have heard cries coming from the woods near a local road. Upon arrival, the responding deputies were shocked to discover that the cries were coming from the newborn who appeared to be just a few hours old. Responding deputies administered first aid on the baby girl before admitting her to a local hospital. Despite the dangerous circumstances she was left in, the little one persevered and was said to be in good condition at the hospital.
“Dad, we hear a baby:” A Georgia dad recounted the moment he and his daughters found a newborn inside a plastic bag late Thursday night. https://t.co/UxalMumetb— KENS 5 (@KENS5) June 8, 2019
The newborn was lucky - there was just one home nearby and its residents happened to be away that day on a vacation. Fortunately, they arrived a little before 10 pm and heard the cries of the child while unpacking. Homeowner Alan Ragetz revealed that if it had not been for his daughters, he may never have gone to investigate the source of the cries. Ragetz and his daughters went out to get a closer look, initially thinking it was a wild animal. To their surprise, it was a child and the sound was coming from a pile of leaves. "We went down, pulled it up, there was a poor little baby wrapped in a plastic bag. She was alive, she was crying, so we figured that was a good sign," said Ragetz, adding that the infant could not have been more than a few hours old. Speaking about the newborn's miraculous discovery, Sheriff Freeman said in a statement, "It is without doubt a divine intervention that this child was found. Thank God they went out and investigated that, and immediately called 911."