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Man punches ex while she’s holding baby on Queens E train: cops

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A man repeatedly punched his ex-girlfriend on a Queens subway train earlier this week while she had her baby daughter harnessed to her chest, authorities said.

The assault happened during a dispute between the suspect, identified by police as Marqual Ward, and his ex on a Manhattan-bound E train at about 7:45 p.m. on Monday, cops said.

As they were arguing somewhere between the Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue stations the victim tried to walk away and Ward punched her several times in the face, causing substantial pain and bruising.

At the time, the victim had her 2-month-old daughter strapped to her chest, according to police, who could not say if the Ward was the child’s father.

Authorities have released a photo of Ward and describe him as black, 22 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown eyes and long blonde dreadlocks. He has tattoos of a teardrop and red star on his face.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


Queens nurse charged with murder in disabled toddler’s scalding death: DA

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Updated Thursday, April 30, 12:33 p.m.

A St. Albans nurse could face life in prison after she allegedly burned a severely developmentally disabled 1-year-old girl in scalding bath water, prosecutors said.

Oluyemisi Adebayo, 54, was arrested Wednesday morning as she was about to board a flight to Africa via London, according to the district attorney’s office. She was arraigned Thursday in Queens Criminal Court on a second-degree murder charge in the death of the 23-month-old girl from Rosedale.

Adebayo, a licensed practical nurse who was hired to take care of the child at her home, said the toddler was burned when she was giving her a bath on April 21, prosecutors said.

According to District Attorney Richard Brown, Adebayo stated that she had tested the water before placing the girl in a baby tub. When she removed the child, she noticed that her skin was falling off her legs.

On Friday, doctors at Nassau University Medical Center performed surgery on the child to treat second- and third-degree immersion scald burns that covered about 50 percent of her body, the district attorney said. The girl died three days later. Preliminary autopsy findings found that her cause of death was consistent with complications from thermal injury.

Medical personnel said that Adebayo’s story of how the child was burned was inconsistent with her injuries.

Tests performed by the NYPD found that the maximum water temperature of the faucet used to fill the tub was 130 degrees, and that it took about 120 seconds for the water to reach that level, prosecutors said. The severity of her injuries was consistent with her having been submerged up to her waist in 130 degree water for about 30 seconds.

Adebayo, who was ordered held without bail, faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

NOTE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Adebayo as a licensed nurse practitioner. 


Woman wanted for kidnapping 3-month-old boy in Jamaica

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Sharondalis Morgan is suspected in the kidnapping a 3-month-old Jamaica boy.

An 18-year-old woman kidnapped a 3-month-old baby from his Jamaica home before later abandoning him outside a Brooklyn hospital, police said.

The suspected kidnapper, identified as Sharondalis Morgan, had recently befriended the child’s mother and was inside her apartment on 177th Street on Sunday about 3:40 p.m. when she took the boy, cops said. Morgan was able to grab the baby when the mother left the room, and then she fled the home.

The child was later found outside of Woodhull Medical Center in good health. It wasn’t clear how long after the woman kidnapped the boy that he was discovered at the medical facility.

Police describe the suspect as black, 5 feet 2 inches tall and 150 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.





Father of 4-month-old Bayside boy charged with son’s murder

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Charges against the father of a 4-month-old Bayside boy have been upgraded to murder after the medical examiner determined his son died from abusive head trauma, authorities said.

Jagsheer Singh, 28, was arraigned on Tuesday on a charge of second-degree murder and held without bail, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. He was previously arraigned on charges of first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child on Dec. 21 before the death of his son, Nevin Jandu, two days later.

Singh claimed the baby was hurt when he fell off the changing table the morning of Dec. 20. He had been watching his child the previous night, while his wife, a physician and the baby’s mother, was at work, the district attorney’s office said. He said the child was fine when she left, and returned the following morning and went to sleep.

After discovering the baby wasn’t breathing a short time later, Singh said he woke up his wife, who hadn’t checked on the child before going to bed, and called 911.

Medical personnel at the hospital examined the baby and found that his injuries were consistent with non-accidental abusive head trauma and were not consistent with the injuries that would have occurred if he had simply fallen from the changing table, the district attorney’s office said.

The baby died at Cohen Children’s Medical Center on Dec. 23.

The medical examiner later ruled the child’s death a homicide due to abusive head trauma, which included fractures to the skull, a spokeswoman from the office said.

Singh’s next court date is Jan. 5.


Bayside baby dies after being assaulted by father: police

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A 4-month-old boy from Bayside died Christmas Eve several days after he was hospitalized for injuries he suffered during an alleged assault by his father, authorities said.

Jagsheer Singh, 28, claimed the baby, Nevin Janduher, was fine while he was watching him on the night of Dec. 19. His wife, a physician and the baby’s mother, was at work that night.

She returned the following morning and went to bed without checking on her son, Singh said. Singh claimed that baby was fine when he woke up around 7 a.m., but that the baby fell off the changing table that morning while Singh was taking care of him. A short time later, he discovered that the child was having difficulty breathing. That’s when he woke up his wife and called 911.

Nevin was first taken to Flushing Hospital Medical Center and then transferred to Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Medical personnel at the hospital examined the baby and found that his injuries were consistent with non-accidental abusive head trauma and were not consistent with the injuries that would have occurred if he had simply fallen from the changing table, the district attorney’s office said.

Singh was arraigned on Dec. 21 and charged with first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 5.

At the time, the child was in grave condition and had suffered brain damage, according to authorities.

“The baby is in grave condition and if he does not survive the charges will be upgraded,” District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement, announcing Singh’s assault charge.

The baby boy was pronounced dead on Christmas Eve.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.


Bayside dad charged with assaulting 4-month-old son

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A 28-year-old Bayside resident is charged with assaulting his 4-month-old baby, causing the infant to suffer brain damage that has left him in “grave condition,” authorities said.

Jagsheer Singh was taking care of his baby Nevin Janduher, while his wife and the baby’s mother, Dr. Reena Malhotra, a radiologist, was at work at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. When Malhotra left home around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, the baby was healthy. When she returned around 6:15 a.m. the next day, she did not check on the baby and went to bed instead.

According to statements made by Singh, the baby was fine when he woke up around 7 a.m. When he checked on him around 7:30 a.m., he found that the baby had defecated, and so he took him into the shower. Shortly after, the baby fell off the changing table, which was 4 feet off the ground, Singh said. He also stated that he did not tell his wife about the fall at that time. Around 8 a.m., he found that the baby was having difficulty breathing. That’s when, he said, he woke up his wife and called 911.

Baby Nevin was first taken to Flushing Hospital Medical Center and then transferred to Cohen Children’s Medical Center. According to the district attorney’s office, medical personnel examined the baby and found that his injuries were consistent with non-accidental abusive head trauma and were not consistent with the injuries that would have occurred if he had simply fallen from the changing table, as Singh claimed.

Singh has been charged with first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned on Sunday, where bail was set at $200,000.

“The baby is in grave condition and if he does not survive the charges will be upgraded,” Brown said.



Pregnant woman fatally shot, baby dies later

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Updated Thursday, Nov. 27, 1:04 p.m.

A pregnant woman was gunned down outside of her Corona apartment Wednesday morning, and died at the hospital along with her baby who initially survived, police said.

The woman, 27-year-old Anastasia Massey, was about to enter her apartment at 98-15 Horace Harding Expwy., part of LeFrak City, about 8:35 a.m. when she was shot, cops said.

The mother had just returned from dropping three of her four kids off at school, according to the New York Post. Her husband was reportedly inside their apartment at the time of the shooting. 

Massey, who was shot in the chest and arm. was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Massey was about six months pregnant and at the hospital doctors were able to deliver her baby, according to police sources. The child survived for several hours, but died Wednesday afternoon.


Anastasia Massey (Photo via Facebook)

Police Commissioner William Bratton said Thursday the shooting appears to have been a domestic dispute involving the victim’s uncle and police are looking to question to him, according to published reports.


Rockaway man charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend’s 13-month-old son

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A Rockaway man is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s 13-month-old son while he was babysitting the child last week.

The child was abused so brutally that he was left with a fractured skull, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

The mother of the child brought her son to the Arverne home of Bishme Allah around 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, so he could watch him while she ran errands for about 30 minutes. As she left the child was awake and crying.

When she returned, Allah, 30, who had been left alone with the child, told her that her son was asleep, Brown said. The two then smoked marijuana and ate a sandwich.

At 9 p.m., when the woman got into bed with her son, she did not notice anything wrong with him. But when Allah joined her in bed and she moved her child, she then saw that he had marks on his face and severe swelling to his head, according to Brown. She then demanded that Allah take them to the hospital.

The child was admitted to Cohen Children’s Medical Center, where an examination showed that the boy had a severe skull fracture, hemorrhages, contusions, and bruising on the head and lower abdomen, prosecutors said. Medical personnel determined that the injuries were inconsistent with an accident and consistent with a forceful impact.

Allah was arraigned Wednesday night in Queens Criminal Court on charges of assault, attempted assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted he faces up to 15 years in prison.


Councilmember Eric Ulrich, wife welcome daughter

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilmember Eric Ulrich

Councilmember Eric Ulrich and his wife, Yadira, welcomed their first-born daughter to the world last night.

Lily Ulrich was born at 7:42 p.m. last night weighing in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces.

“This Halloween I received the sweetest treat, a beautiful baby girl. Please welcome Lily into the world,” Ulrich tweeted last night.

Mother and child are doing fine, Ulrich said.

Police seek woman for questioning in case of abandoned baby

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Police are searching for the woman they believe is the mother of the baby girl abandoned outside the Woodside Houses on Sunday, August 19.

Cathy Lu is wanted for questioning in connection with the baby, who was found by a passer-by, lying in the grass and wrapped in a bloody bed sheet outside the housing complex. The child was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she is said to be in stable condition.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-557-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COMor by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.


Shock at housing complex after newborn discovered

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Residents of the Woodside Houses were in shock at what was left outside their complex.

“I couldn’t believe someone would do that,” said a resident, who is a mother of five. “Why wouldn’t she just take it to the hospital?”

The newborn baby girl is safe after being found abandoned outside the Woodside Houses on Sunday, August 19.

A police spokesperson said a woman called 9-1-1 around 11:27 p.m., saying she heard crying and saw a baby lying in the grass outside the housing project, located at 50-51 Broadway. Officials found the child wrapped in a blood-soaked bed sheet with the umbilical cord still attached. The baby was taken by police to Elmhurst Hospital where she is said to be in stable condition. The spokesperson did not know whether or not the caller was a resident of the complex.

According to a spokesperson from the Woodside Houses, the baby is of Asian descent.

Most residents said they had not heard about the incident until they saw the story on television.

According to New York State law, parents may leave unwanted babies at a police precinct, fire station or hospital without fear of prosecution under Safe-Haven laws. Mothers have up to 30 days after the child is born to take it to a proper location or give the baby to a person who will then be responsible for taking the child to a proper safe-haven location.

Timothy Jaccard, president and director of the New York State Children of Hope Safe Haven Program, believes the mother of the little girl wanted to legally relinquish the baby because she left the child in a location where she could be easily found. He claimed she most likely attempted to properly abandon the child but feared she would be identified.

Jaccard also believes the woman made several calls to his organization’s hotline, adding that he recalled the woman being unable to speak English.

Jaccard said an individual’s economic situations can lead him or her to feel unable to support a child, causing panic and possible abandonment. Abandoned babies, according to Jaccard, are most frequently left in doorways. Exceptionally young mothers frequently stash newborns in closets or under their bed, mirroring the child-like behavior of hiding something from a parent.

Police are now searching for the parents of the abandoned baby.

Assemblymember Simotas and husband welcome baby Eleni

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Photo courtesy of Aravella Simotas' office

Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and her husband, John Katsanos, welcomed daughter Eleni into the world at 10:15 p.m.  on Tuesday, August 7. The little girl is a healthy 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 21.5 inches long.  According to a spokesperson, mom and baby are both doing well.

Little girl left on bus; driver charged

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Police parked a private bus driver in prison after she left her vehicle unattended — with a toddler still aboard.

Officers from the 110th Precinct responded to Christie Avenue and 99th Street in Corona at 9 a.m. on April 12 after receiving a 9-1-1 call from a Con Edison worker who spotted a child in the driver’s seat of a parked bus. Upon arrival at the scene, cops discovered two-year-old Samantha Bustamante abandoned inside the unattended private vehicle, which is operated by Anita Bus Company.

The police proceeded to break a window and remove the toddler, who they believe was left alone for roughly 15 minutes. Bustamante was taken back to the 110th Precinct, where she was reunited with her mother. EMS also responded to the precinct to evaluate the girl and determined she was in good physical condition.

“I was scared – terrified,” said mom Sandra Ramos, 24. “I started crying on the phone, but the police were telling me she was fine. I was terrified for my baby.”

Bustamante was picked up from her Elmhurst home at 7:20 a.m. by the Anita Bus and was supposed to be dropped off at Kathy’s Day Care, located at 97-30 57th Avenue in Corona, at roughly 8:30 a.m. with four other children. However, police say the driver, 62-year-old Ana Garcia, missed the girl while checking the vehicle after the other children departed.

Garcia was arrested by police after she returned to the bus and has been charged with failure to exercise control of a minor. She is also legally forbidden from coming near Bustamante. The NYPD says the Corona resident went home after parking the bus.

Attempts to contact Garcia were unsuccessful as of press time, and Anita Bus’ phone was not accepting incoming calls. Ramos says she paid for Anita Bus through Kathy’s Day Care, but a representative from the center would not comment as to whether they referred the bus service.

When Ramos received a call from the day care center informing her that her daughter had not been dropped off, she immediately called Garcia’s cell phone, but found police on the other end of the line. She initially suspected she was the victim of a practical joke, but her calm quickly turned to panic when the cops’ description matched Bustamante.

The frantic mother was then picked up from her job in Manhattan and brought to the station by police, where she found her daughter playing with officers and serving them coffee.

“When I first saw her, I started crying and I hugged my mom so my daughter wouldn’t see me. I didn’t want her to see the fear I had,” Ramos recollected. “She seemed so unaware – so brave in the situation. I guess she didn’t comprehend what happened so I didn’t want her to see me crying. I hugged my baby as hard as I could.”

Garcia’s son apologized to Ramos at the 110th Precinct, but she still has not been given an explanation for the mishap. She says she provides the bus company with a car seat for her daughter, and she is upset the child was unstrapped and able to walk to the driver’s seat.

“She was not in her car seat. She was walking around and that’s how they saw her,” Ramos said. “She was unbuckled and roaming around in the bus. It just shows their carelessness. Even if she was asleep or not tied in they are also supposed to check the bus. It’s frustrating.”

Despite the fear she initially felt for her daughter’s safety, Ramos is now happy just to have Bustamante safe and sound and is thankful a “good person” spotted her in the bus.
“What if it was someone else who passed by, someone not as good as the 9-1-1 caller – then they could have broken that window and taken my baby. I don’t even want to think about that. I want to think about having her,” Ramos said. “This is like a second chance for my daughter, and I’m just glad that I have her. I’m upset at the situation, but I’m happy with the result because I have my daughter safe.”

This Morning’s Headlines

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Graphic by Jay Lane

City tries to squelch 911 disaster report

The Bloomberg administration is waging an all-out battle to suppress a scathing report aptly called “911 CPR’’ — which has determined that the city’s emergency-dispatch system is on life support, The Post has learned. The document, formally known as the 911 Call Processing Review, charges that despite more than $2 billion shoveled at the problems, response times to emergencies, in which every second counts, have actually slowed. Read More: New York Post

One dead as subway trains hit two men

Two men were hit by subway trains in separate incidents yesterday, leaving one dead, authorities said. A drunken 24-year-old man first stumbled onto the elevated tracks at the Broadway station at 31st Street in Astoria, Queens, at around 5:15 a.m. and was struck by a Manhattan-bound N train, cops said. He was crushed and pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not immediately released pending family notification. Read More: New York Post

Dolan Marks Start Of Holy Week With Palm Sunday Mass

Cardinal Timothy Dolan led the faithful in prayer Sunday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral as Christians around the city and world marked Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem when he was greeted by cheering crowds waving palm leaves. It’s believed to have taken place during a time when he was facing increasing opposition from authorities and local spiritual leaders, even as his preachings were gaining him more and more followers. Read More: NY1



Coney Island Rides Soar As Fun-Filled Season Begins

Summer is still more than two months away, but Coney Island is getting a head start on the season. The neighborhood’s amusement parks officially opened Sunday with the annual blessing of the rides, and the traditional egg-cream christening of the Cyclone. The 85-year-old roller coaster was one of several rides to get a makeover. A small crowd waited for hours to be among the first 100 people to ride the famous attraction and got their thrills for free. Read More: NY1


Brooklyn baby drowns in tub

An 11-month-old Brooklyn boy drowned in a bathtub yesterday after his mother left him alone, law-enforcement sources said. Elijah Pardella and his 3-year-old sister were being given a bath inside their East New York apartment, the sources said. When the mom, Angelica Huertas, 24, left the bathroom, she left the drain unplugged. But Elijah sat on the drain and blocked it, according to the sources. Read More: New York Post



Woman disappears on Chinatown street

The NYPD is search for a 61-year-old woman from Chinatown who disappeared off the street Saturday night. Police say Vicky Vuong Ferrazza was walking along Mott and Grand streets at about 3 p.m. with her niece when she disappeared among the packed crowd. According to published reports, Ferrazza does not speak English and was not carrying identification. Read More: Fox News


NY Knicks hold off on Jeremy Lin injury announcement until after NBA playoff ticket deadline passes

The Knicks were eventually going to get around to revealing the troubling results of Jeremy Lin’s MRI but certainly not before last Wednesday. That was a crucial day inside the club’s executive offices at Two Penn Plaza because March 28 represented the deadline for season- ticket holders to purchase all four rounds of the playoffs. Read More: Daily News

Drunk teachers arrested after cops find cocaine, dagger in vehicle

A pair of drunken Bronx public schoolteachers were arrested after cops found cocaine and a dagger in their vehicle, police said. Diana Mancusco, 29, and Karen Aguilar, 26, were cuffed after cops spotted them pulling over and switching places on East Fordham Road in Belmont on Friday night. When officers stopped the vehicle, the driver said she had taken the wheel because her friend was wasted, a source said. Read More: Daily News

Ex-con gets 12 years to life for siccing pit bull on cop chasing down Queens drug suspect

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Ex-con gets 12 years to life for siccing pit bull on cop chasing down Queens drug suspect

An ex-con with a decades-long rap sheet has been sentenced to 12 years to life in prison for siccing his pit bull on a cop chasing down a drug suspect in Queens two years ago. “Get him!,” Jeffrey Cofield ordered before releasing the mutt on Sgt. Craig Kearney as he chased a drug suspect into an Astoria apartment building in August 2010. Read More: Daily News


Mother who allegedly kidnapped infant daughter is in custody

After an eight hour search, police found and arrested the woman who allegedly kidnapped her baby from a Queens hospital. The baby was found safe. Police said Leila Rajnarie took her 8-month-old daughter, Nevita Jagdeo, from Queens General Hospital Pediatric Center at approximately noon on Wednesday, March 14 while the infant was there with her foster mother. Rajnarie had accompanied them on the visit. Read More: Queens Courier


After Mike D’Antoni’s resignation, NY Knicks owner James Dolan and brass try to save face and cover assets

There was James Dolan, the one thing that never changes with the Knicks, leading the 6 o’clock news for sports Wednesday night with more change for his loser basketball team. So you got another new beginning for the Knicks Wednesday night, with Mike D’Antoni out and Mike Woodson in. One of these days, one of these new beginnings may even involve Dolan’s Knicks actually winning something. Read More: Daily News


Tooth & hair DNA hunt at accused madam’s ‘love lair’

The same day they arrested accused Upper East Side madam Anna Gristina, Manhattan DA investigators raided her 78th Street “brothel” and stripped it of what they consider to be vital evidence — hairbrushes and toothbrushes, The Post has learned. “They could potentially be used for DNA testing, hair analysis to identify people who have been using that location,” Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Roper told a judge last month, according to court documents obtained by The Post. Read More: New York Post

Afghan Taliban suspends peace talks with US, Karzai pushes for early troop pullback

Afghanistan’s Taliban on Thursday suspended peace talks with the US, in the wake of the alleged massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier and burning of copies of the Koran. “It was due to their [the US] alternating and ever-changing position that the Islamic Emirate was compelled to suspend all dialogue with the Americans,” the group said in a statement posted on its website. The insurgent group said dialogue was suspended until the US “shows willingness to fulfill their promises,” the statement said. Read More: New York Post