The 30-year-old mom of three youngsters discovered unresponsive on the Coney Island shoreline in Brooklyn has been arrested and charged of their deaths, a regulation enforcement official instructed CNN Thursday.
Erin Merdy has been charged with three counts of second-degree homicide, three counts of wicked indifference to human life, and three counts of homicide with victims below 11 years previous, the official mentioned.
The youngsters died by drowning early Monday and their deaths are thought-about homicides, the New York Metropolis Workplace of the Chief Medical Examiner mentioned.
Kinfolk known as police after Merdy allegedly instructed them “the infants are gone” and “the youngsters are gone.” When questioned by detectives, Merdy instructed them she had been “dreaming of strolling the youngsters within the water,” in line with the regulation enforcement official.
Merdy was processed Wednesday and stays in a hospital for additional psychological analysis, the official mentioned.
All three youngsters had been pronounced lifeless at a hospital after first responders carried out life-saving measures, together with CPR, Chief of Division Kenneth Corey instructed reporters Monday.
Their mom was questioned by the police after which hospitalized after they discovered her Monday morning in Brighton Seashore, adjoining to Coney Island, a regulation enforcement official mentioned.
The youngsters had been found after police obtained a 911 name at 1:40 a.m. Monday from somebody who was involved a “member of the family might have harmed her three babies,” Corey mentioned. The caller requested the police to verify on the girl’s Coney Island residence.
On the residence a person who recognized himself as the daddy of one of many youngsters mentioned he was additionally involved, Corey added. The person instructed the police he believed the girl and three youngsters had been at a boardwalk on Coney Island.
Officers canvassed seashores, streets and an area hospital. Then one other 911 name got here in directing officers to a selected location – Brighton sixth Road and Riegelmann Boardwalk in close by Brighton Seashore. The caller reported a girl who was despondent, in line with the police spokesperson.
Police discovered the girl and different relations along with her. The youngsters weren’t there.
The search continued by way of floor, air and harbor models. Round 4:42 am, officers discovered the youngsters unconscious on the shoreline at West thirty fifth Road in Coney Island, Corey mentioned.
The placement the place the youngsters had been discovered is about 2 miles from the place the girl was noticed – and only a half-mile south of her residence.
She was “soaking moist” when investigators made contact along with her, mentioned Corey, who famous it was not clear whether or not she’d been within the rain or within the water off the coast.
The 7-year-old boy was a form, beneficiant individual with a particular humility about him, his father instructed CNN on Tuesday.
“Anyone who met my son they might know that he’s particular,” the daddy, Derrick Merdy, mentioned.
He liked the online game character Sonic the Hedgehog. “I believe I spent a lot cash shopping for him each final one in all them,” Merdy mentioned.
The boy “had a humility about him that I am unable to even imitate, and I’ll strive my finest to reside like he did as a result of he was so form and beneficiant,” the daddy mentioned.
“He was going to be nice.”
Allen McFarland, a youth soccer coach and New York Metropolis Division of Training worker, remembered the 7-year-old as a quiet, expressive boy who was at all times excited to play soccer.
“He was excited to deal with, to be tackled, excited to run the ball, excited to hit the individual with the ball, he was simply excited,” mentioned McFarland, recalling that the boy joined his workforce two years in the past and wore quantity 15.
The coach needed to break the information to the workforce on Monday and was met with tears from the youngsters, who had been heartbroken.
McFarland mentioned the boy’s mom pulled him out of soccer in March.
“You possibly can see that there was so much happening,” the coach mentioned of the mom.
“She would say, ‘Properly, I do know he likes it and we will attempt to come again, however the schedule has simply been busy,'” McFarland mentioned. “It appeared like she was juggling so much.”
An individual who used to work at a shelter for home violence survivors mentioned the 2 older youngsters had been “candy.”
The 4-year-old woman favored to play with dolls, the previous shelter employee instructed CNN. The boy was a superhero fan, mentioned the individual, who labored with these two youngsters for six months in 2020 and 2021 – earlier than the start of the third baby.
“It is simply heartbreaking to see. The youngsters had been at all times well-behaved and quiet. Lovely souls. Mother was principally quiet,” the previous shelter worker mentioned.
The individual, who didn’t need to be recognized publicly, mentioned the mom didn’t affiliate with different residents however would sometimes take part in actions with the youngsters.