Queens, New York, resident Nicole Kelly – 22 – was arrested Tuesday in connection with the death of her 11-month-old son, Kiam Felix Jr. Nicole Kelly has been charged with second-degree murder, according to CBS New York, and the story behind the death is as cold as it is heartbreaking.
Nicole Kelly rented part of an apartment on 52nd Avenue in Elmhurst. Arriving home at about 4 p.m., Nicole Kelly’s landlady found the 11 month-old lying on a bed, unmoving, dressed in a white outfit including a vest, necktie, pants and socks.
The landlady told 1010 WINS radio,
“I thought he was going to get a baptism or something. He was dressed all in white.”
Upon further inspection, Nicole Kelly’s landlady realized the baby, Kiam Felix Jr., wasn’t breathing.
“I checked his pulse, but he didn’t have a pulse. He was already cold and pale.”
Nicole Kelly’s landlady then called an ambulance. The landlady stated to authorities that Nicole Kelly had told her the baby stopped breathing earlier in the day. The baby’s father – who does not live at the residence – arrived and took the baby to Elmhurst Hospital.
Nicole Kelly’s 11 month-old son was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital.
When questioned, Nicole Kelly made “incriminating statements” to police according to the New York Post.
“She basically admitted to intentionally suffocating the child,” police said.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that Nicole Kelly had tucked the defenseless infant in a bed sheet, tightly covering his face and body. Allegedly, Kelly stood and watched the child struggle to breathe and move before leaving him alone for about 30 minutes. When Nicole Kelly returned, the boy was blue and unresponsive.
“I reached my breaking point. I didn’t want him anymore,” Nicole Kelly allegedly told investigators.
According to CBS New York, Brown told reporters,
“This is a truly disturbing case of a mother accused of intentionally killing her helpless 11 month-old infant son. The defendant is now facing serious charges that could lead to her spending the rest of her life behind bars if convicted.”
After the boy’s murder, Nicole Kelly posted on her Facebook page:
“Missing my baby boy so much wishing there was some way I could bring him back to life I feel horrible knowing he passed away Am his mother I was supposed to protect him I know his spirit will always be around me and I would never forget my 1st Born he will forever remain in my heart & his family hearts.”
Nicole Kelly appears in court for the first time today, and could receive 25 years to life in prison if convicted.