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NY Mom Took Shower, Slept After Throwing Newborn Out Bathroom Window: Queens DA



a man standing in front of a building: Police responded to the Ozone Park section of Queens for reports of an abandoned newborn found outside Sunday morning.


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Police responded to the Ozone Park section of Queens for reports of an abandoned newborn found outside Sunday morning.


What to Know

  • The 23-year-old woman who was arrested earlier this week after her newborn baby was found abandoned, allegedly tossed the baby outside her bathroom window then proceeded to do laundry, shower and sleep, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
  • Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Wednesday that Sabita Dookram, of Richmond Hill, was arraigned and charged with attempted murder and other crimes for allegedly tossing her newborn son out of her bathroom window shortly after she gave birth.
  • Dookram and the baby were transported to a local Queens hospital. Upon admission to the hospital, the baby was placed on a ventilator and then transferred to Cohen Children’s Medical Center, where an examination revealed that the baby suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The 23-year-old woman who was arrested earlier this week after her newborn baby was found abandoned, allegedly tossed the baby outside her bathroom window then proceeded to do laundry, shower and sleep, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Wednesday that Sabita Dookram, of Richmond Hill, was arraigned and charged with attempted murder and other crimes for allegedly tossing her newborn son out of her bathroom window shortly after she gave birth.

Dookram was ordered return to court on Nov. 5. If convicted, the defendant faces up to 25 years in prison. Attorney information was not immediately known.

District Attorney Katz said, “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.”

According the district attorney’s office, citing the charges, at around 10 a.m. Sunday, a neighbor heard whimpering noises coming from outside. When the neighbor went out to see what was making the noise she observed a newborn baby boy lying naked on the ground, next to the building’s garbage.

According to Katz, officers responding to the location saw blood on the ground, on the side wall leading up to the first floor bathroom window and on the window sill of the Dookram’s bathroom.

When questioned by police officers, Dookram allegedly said, according to the complaint, “I gave birth yesterday afternoon. I cut the cord with a scissor from the bathroom. 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.”

Dookram and the baby were transported to a local Queens hospital. Upon admission to the hospital, the baby was placed on a ventilator and then transferred to Cohen Children’s Medical Center, where an examination revealed that the baby suffered a traumatic brain injury with bleeding and swelling about the brain and scalp and an abdominal injury with internal bleeding.

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