NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old Brooklyn girl found bloodied and battered in the arms of her mother, who was babbling incoherently.
Investigators believe she died at the hands of her mother, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reports.
Police made the shocking discovery Friday morning while investigating a report of a person trying to jump off the roof at 1078 Putnam Ave., Brown reports.
When police arrived on the scene around 4 a.m., they did not see anyone on the roof.
1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports
Instead, police discovered blood on the roof and followed the trail to a fourth-floor apartment with its door ajar.
Inside, police found 29-year-old Brandis Nwegbo sitting on the couch, covered in blood, cradling her daughter’s lifeless body and babbling about gods and demons, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports.
Police said 2 1/2 -year-old Cathryn Nwegbo was found with puncture wounds on her neck and cuts and bruises on her body.
She was pronounced dead at Woodhull Hospital.
Sources told CBS 2 the apartment was in total disarray and neighbors said the baby was thrown either from the roof or apartment window.
Friends said a troubled life had taken its toll — and Brandis Nwegbo was beginning to crack under the mounting pressure of being a single mother, Brown reported.
They said she was struggling financially, was unemployed and just days from being evicted, but refused to get help.
Sources tell CBS 2 Nwegbo did not have a history with the Administration for Children’s Services. The agency is investigating this case and issued the following statement Friday: “ACS has received a report of the terribly sad death of the 2-year-old this morning in Brooklyn and is actively investigating. There are no other siblings in the family.”
The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.
Nwegbo is in custody and undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. Charges are expected but have not yet been filed.
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