Mother Is Charged With Murder After Infant’s Fall From a Window in Queens
The mother of a 3-week-old boy who died after plummeting from a fourth-floor window in Queens was charged on Saturday with intentionally killing her child.
The woman, Rashida Chowdhury, 21, is accused of throwing the boy out the window, the police said.
The infant, identified by the police as Rizwan Ahmad, was found in a pool of blood outside his family’s apartment building in Richmond Hill at about 4 a.m. on Friday by a neighbor who heard a thump in the courtyard.
The city medical examiner ruled the death a homicide on Friday night. An autopsy showed that Rizwan, who was born on July 18, died from blunt impact to his head and torso that left him with skull fractures, among other injuries.
Ms. Chowdhury was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation on Friday because she was acting strangely, the police said, and then taken to a station house for questioning. The police said a motive for the killing was not clear.
Rizwan’s father, who is 40, was brought in for questioning but had been released by Saturday afternoon. The police said Rizwan’s parents were from Bangladesh, and shared the apartment with relatives.
Ms. Chowdhury was charged with second-degree murder.