BRONX TIMES REPORTER,BTR NOVEMBER 13-19, 2020 3
Police investigate scene where twin babies were found, apparently thrown out a rear window
of a building on College Avenue and 171st Street in the Bronx. Photo by Todd Maisel
found dead in BX
Kids may have been thrown from window
BY ALEX MITCHELL
Police are investigating the harrowing
the death of twin, one-week-old infants
who were found dead in the rear
of a Bronx building Monday afternoon
— and police believe they were
thrown out a window to their death.
While many details remain unclear
during the active investigation,
the NYPD confi rmed that two
baby boys were found dead, wrapped
in paper on a rear patio outside of
1460 College Ave. in Claremont at
about 1:45 p.m.
The building’s superintendent reported
the fatal situation to the NYPD,
law enforcement sources said.
Offi cers from the 44th Precinct
and EMS responded to the location
after receiving the 911 call. Paramedics
rushed the babies to Bronx Lebanon
Hospital, where they were pronounced
Police did not disclose
Few details were provided by police
offi cials at the scene during a
news conference on Monday afternoon.
Deputy Chief Timothy McCormack,
head of the Detective Bureau
Bronx, appealed to the public for any
information on the case.
In the meantime, police were going
door-to-door, asking whether anyone
knew someone who may have
been pregnant recently as the babies
were said to be about a week old.
They were also seeking video from
Investigators were massed in the
rear of the location, where they were
trying to fi gure out who might’ve
dropped the babies to their death.
McCormack declined to reveal if
the babies suffered any visible physical
injuries, or if they were related to
“We’re waiting for the Medical
Examiner to determine the cause of
death,” McCormack said.
However, one resident, identifi ed
as Tatiana, saw the babies on the
ground, a cord wrapped around the
neck of one of the children. Both appeared
to be badly bruised, possibly
from being dropped from an upper
fl oor of the six story building.
“There’s no back door, I don’t know
how to even get there,” she said. “The
injuries they had looked like they
threw the babies.”
Residents of the block stood in
shock after hearing that twin babies
might’ve been murdered.
Crystal, a mother of fi ve children,
said she has been living in the
community for 31-years and there
have been shootings and other violence,
but “I’ve never heard anything
so horrifi c.”
“This is the fi rst time I’ve heard
anything like this here – how can you
do that,” she said. “I just hope they
catch them, that’s all I can say.”
Yardia Marshall, a resident for the
past 13-years, said she was disgusted
by the violence against babies.
“It’s sad and horrible and I can’t
wait for them to catch the sick b—h,”
she said. “I’m a mother of four and I’ve
never seen anything like this, not in
the 13 years we’ve been living here.”
Anyone with information in regard
to this incident is asked to call
the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline
at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish,
1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also
submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.
com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
All calls and messages are
kept confi dential.
Contributions by Todd Maisel and