A Queens woman who allegedly threw her newborn baby out a bathroom window ignored the infant’s wails as she showered, cleaned, and went to sleep as the gravely injured baby screamed outside.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, a passerby called police after noticing a baby outside an Ozone Park home on Sunday morning. The full-term newborn was taken to a nearby hospital where he remains on a ventilator in critical condition, according to the New York Post.
The suspect has been identified as 23-year-old Sabita Dookram. According to court papers obtained by the New York Post, Dookram at one point told investigators that she had the baby “out of nowhere” on Saturday evening, sometime between 6 and 8 p.m.
“I went to the bathroom, and it just popped out of me,” Dookram said, according to the report. “I panicked and threw it out the bathroom window.”
But at another point, Dookram allegedly admitted she knew she was pregnant, the result of a fling with a co-worker at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
A criminal complaint reportedly shows that Dookram admitted she ignored the baby’s cries after tossing him out a window, even after her sister-in-law mentioned hearing a baby wailing outside the window. The suspect told police she cleaned the bathroom with a yellow towel and did not react.
“I did not check on the baby. I put my clothes in the laundry hamper in the bathroom, I showered and went to sleep.”
It is unclear if anyone else in the home knew Dookram was pregnant or suspected she had given birth. At this time, police do not appear to be seeking additional suspects, and it is not clear from the report what charges Dookram is facing.
The documents obtained by the New York Post show that the newborn, temporarily named “John Doe,” weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces at birth. The report also states that the crying baby was captured on surveillance camera after his mother threw him out the bathroom window.
Dookram is being held on $50,000 bail and is due back in court of November 5. The judge also issued an order of protection prohibiting her from being in contact with the baby, according to the report.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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