The Brooklyn mother who confessed to drowning her three young children on Coney Island seaside has been charged with homicide in reference to their deaths, police stated Wednesday.
Erin Merdy, 30, was charged with intentional homicide, homicide with wicked indifference and homicide of a sufferer lower than 11-years-old, cops stated.
She’s going through 9 counts in complete – three for each of her children, 7-year-old Zachary Merdy, 4-year-old Liliana Stephen and 3-month-old Oliver Bondarev, police stated.
Merdy has been hospitalized at NYU Langone Brooklyn’s psychiatric ward since late Monday morning and it’s unclear when she’ll be arraigned on the fees. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office was unable to offer a timeline.
In the wee hours of Monday morning, Merdy was captured on surveillance footage strolling from her Neptune Avenue condo to the Coney Island boardwalk along with her three kids in tow. She was captured quickly after leaving the world with out her children.
The mother, who household stated had mental health issues and should have been suffering from postpartum depression, later confessed to her family members that she had drowned her kids, law-enforcement sources stated beforehand.
Prior to the tragedy, Merdy had been performing unusually and made feedback to her family members that left them involved she’d harmed her kids.
Some of these family members known as police and requested them to conduct a wellness examine at her house however when police arrived, the door was unlocked and no person was there, setting off a frantic manhunt for the mother and her children.
Just after 3 a.m., police discovered Merdy close to the Brighton Beach boardwalk, soaking moist, barefoot and strolling by way of the sand in a bathrobe. She appeared dazed and didn’t reply to questions and her kids have been nowhere to be discovered.
The NYPD’s harbor and aviation unit scoured the sand and sea for the three children and at 4:40 a.m., made the intestine wrenching discovery of their lifeless our bodies on the shoreline close to West thirty fifth Street, simply three blocks from their house.
They have been taken to Coney Island Hospital however couldn’t be saved.
Merdy had not less than two studies of neglect filed towards her with town Administration for Children’s Services for failing to deliver the youngsters to highschool however the disposition of the studies are unclear, law-enforcement sources stated beforehand.
Little Zachary’s father, Derrick Merdy, an air-traffic controller in Virginia, informed the New York Times his son was often dirty and hungry when he confirmed up for mandated custody visits.
He informed the outlet he reported the mother to “little one protecting companies” and tried to get full custody of their son to no avail. It’s not clear which company the daddy reported the mom to.