A 35-year-old mother who allegedly killed her 20-month-old son in a fast food restroom on Monday in the Lower East side of New York claimed the devil made her do it.
The suspect, Latisha Fisher, took her son Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher to a burger joint and then locked herself inside a bathroom with him. When the line for the bathroom grew long, employees and customers alike began to get worried and attempted to enter the room.
Fisher said, “I put my hand over his mouth to put him to sleep,” and when workers finally made it into the restroom, they found the child, limp and foaming at the mouth.
A police officer described the suspect saying, “I would describe her as soulless. She put her hand over his mouth and smothered him.”
Even though Gavriel was taken to Bellevue Hospital, he died soon after arrving there; his mother was taken into custody at the scene.
The boy’s maternal grandmother, Merial Fisher, said, “It’s hard, it’s really unbelievable. I know my daughter loves her son. I don’t know what happened. It’s just so sad.”
Meanwhile, the child’s other grandmother, Miriam Lozada, told reporters, “Right now the family is in mourning. I’m going to miss my sweetheart, miss my boy, I’m going to miss him so much.”
For her part, Fisher’s Facebook page painted herself as the perfect mother with the perfect family. Despite many inspirational posts, more recently Fisher wrote on her page, “How did everything change on me. I went to sleep feeling well.”
Fisher has a history of violence as a neighbor, Carolyn Lawson told reporters, “I think she just went cuckoo on whoever was up there. She needs help. It doesn’t make sense. I think she was on medication for whatever problem she had, but I’m assuming she wasn’t taking her meds.”
When other neighbors heard the tragic news, some of them burst into tears, saying about the victim, “He was a beautiful baby. He was very happy. Oh, my God. I just brought him a stuffed animal the other day. A little bunny with some chocolate, for Easter.”
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