A 6-month-old infant died yesterday after her emotionally disturbed mother allegedly threw her out of the window of their apartment in the Bronx. Louella Hatch, godmother of suspect Tenisha Fearon, told the News that Fearon was ranting to cops that "the devil is in her," as she was being taken away.
Fearon, 27, was arrested after she allegedly dangled and then dropped Junilah Lawrence out of the window of their sixth-floor apartment on Tiebout Avenue, near 181st Street, around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Neighbor Lizette Rodriguez told the Times that Fearon, who was naked at the time, screamed, "Hallelujah, praise God, we're all going to die," before dropping the girl. "She was arguing with herself," she added.
Next-door neighbor Gregorio Lopez added that after throwing the baby out the window, Fearon lay on the floor of her apartment surrounded by her other three children, aged 10, 8 and 4. They were all naked and lying on their backs as well. "I actually thought that they weren’t alive when I saw them lying on the floor naked," Lopez said. But then Fearson "jumped up and started hitting the window," he said. "That’s when I started calling for more help because I thought she might throw more [kids] out."
The baby was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was pronounced dead; the three other children were taken there as well, but none were harmed during the incident. Fearon was taken in custody to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. She has now been charged with second-degree murder.
A woman who identified herself as Tamica Fearon, the suspect's sister, told the Post, "All I know is she loves her kids dearly. She’s a good mother, so something must have gone wrong."
"Something must have snapped," neighbor Carol Watson, who says she's known Fearon for years, told the Times. "She was a good mother and very protective of those children. All I can tell you is that something must have snapped. She must have had a breakdown or something...you never know what is going on in someone's head. People are under all kinds of stress these days."