A mother from Queens, New York who threw her newborn son out a window told police she “panicked” after giving birth at home, then took a shower and fell asleep as her infant was left lying in a cold alley, prosecutors allege. Sabita Dookram, 23, was arraigned Tuesday , October 13, on attempted murder and other charges after tossing the baby and she is now held on a $50,000 bail.
Police found a barely breathing newborn boy outside a home on 126th St. near 107th Ave. in South Ozone Park on Sunday, leading to the shocking details revealed by the mum upon her arrest.
“I gave birth yesterday afternoon. I cut the cord with a scissor from the bathroom,” Dookram told police according to a criminal complaint. “I panicked and threw it out of the bathroom window. I did not check on the baby, I put my clothes in the laundry hamper in the bathroom, I showered and went to sleep,” she told cops, according to the complaint.
Authorities said the baby boy is on a ventilator in critical condition amd has been transferred from Jamaica Hospital to Cohen Children’s Medical Center. According to police, an exam revealed he suffered a traumatic brain injury, with bleeding and swelling to his brain and scalp, as well as an abdominal injury with internal bleeding.
“This is a heartbreaking situation. A newborn baby has suffered greatly because of the alleged actions of his mother, who now faces serious charges and a lengthy prison sentence,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said.