Mother Is Charged With Murder After Infant’s Fall From a Window in Queens

Police officers at the apartment building in Queens where 3-week-old Rizwan Ahmad was found dead in the courtyard on Friday. Credit Bryan R. Smith for The New York Times

Police officers at the apartment building in Queens where 3-week-old Rizwan Ahmad was found dead in the courtyard on Friday. Credit Bryan R. Smith for The New York Times

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.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: