A New York woman has been arrested and charged with murder after it was discovered that she dumped her newborn baby in a garbage bag, according to local media reports.
Nausheen Rahman, a 28-year-old Staten Island resident, was charged with concealment of a human corpse Saturday after New York Police Department officials found the infant’s body dumped in a garbage bag at her Richmond Hill Road house.
However, the medical examiner found that the baby had been alive before it was placed in the garbage bag, according to People, forcing the police to upgrade the charges against the New York woman to second-degree murder.
According to Staten Island Advance, Rahman walked into the emergency room of Staten Island University Hospital North on Friday, claiming to be bleeding as a result of giving birth at her home. The New York woman allegedly confided in the staff at the hospital, telling them that she had given birth five days prior and “threw away” the baby, according to the New York Post.
Shocked, the staff at the hospital alerted the police, who later found the dead body of the baby dumped in a garbage bag at Nausheen’s home.
Apparently, the New York woman later changed her story, claiming that she had given birth to the baby on Thursday.
The Staten Island mother who allegedly tossed her baby in the garbage has been charged with murder https://t.co/sqi5vHbZMo— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) March 14, 2016
Speaking to WNBC-TV, Rahman’s neighbors expressed their shock at the events, with one man saying that the neighborhood could not yet accept something so dastardly had transpired in the community without anyone knowing about it.
“I think it’s terrible. And I’m shocked because this is a very good neighborhood. The whole complex is pretty close, too, so for this to go unknown, it’s interesting.”
Jennifer Goldner, who knew Rahman and also lives in the same condo complex, told CBS she was unaware that the New York woman was pregnant. Even if Rahman did not want the child, she said, she could have done better than to dump the poor child into a trash bin.
“Drop him off at any firehouse, go to the hospital, do something. A life deserves more than that,” Goldner said.
The cause and manner of the infant’s death will only be known after initial investigation is completed, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner told the Advance.
This present case of the New York woman dumping her newborn baby in a garbage bin is another instance of a growing trend in the country where unwanted children are being thrown to die instead of being handed over to the concerned authorities.
In November last year, Inquisitr reported about a newborn girl who was buried alive in the Compton riverbed. Although that girl had managed to defy all odds and survive the ghastly ordeal, the newborn in the present case was not so lucky.
During the same month, another baby boy was found in a manger at Queens’ Holy Child Jesus Church. Nicknamed “Baby Jesus,” the boy was so young his umbilical cord still sprouted from his belly at the time of his discovery. The custodian who had found him referred to the child as a “miracle baby.”
It remains to be seen if the charges against the New York woman are proved in court, but if she did commit the heinous act, Nausheen Rahman might be looking at a long prison sentence ahead.
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