A 28-year-old Indian American woman in New York who allegedly dumped her newborn baby daughter’s body in a trash bag after giving birth has been indicted for murder.
Nausheen Rahman, of New Springville, N.Y., was accused of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of concealment of a human corpse from the March 11 incident, according to the indictment filed in the state Supreme Court, St. George.
One count alleges intentional murder, with the other for “evincing a depraved indifference to human life.” The second count refers to Rahman allegedly cutting the newborn’s umbilical cord and putting the baby in a plastic bag, as well as not getting the infant medical aid, all which resulted in her death.
Rahman’s lawyer Michael Rosas told Staten Island Advance that the defense expected the indictment.
“We've conducted our investigation and made some progress, and we will wait to see what else the investigation reveals,” Rosas added in the report published March 23 on silive.com.
Prosecutors say that based on their investigation and her statements to authorities, Rahman gave birth March 11, then cut the umbilical cord and put her newborn baby daughter into a trash bag (I-W, Mar. 18, 2016).
A source told the New York Daily News around the time of the incident that oxygen was found in the baby’s lungs. Investigators believe that finding may mean the baby was alive when Rahman allegedly dumped it, according to an msn.com report.
The infant's body was discovered unconscious and unresponsive at the neighborhood home by officers March 12 after responding to a 911 call around 11:30 a.m. Emergency crews pronounced the baby dead at the scene.
Prosecutors said police found the baby in the fetal position, her thumb next to her mouth.
Police were called to Rahman’s address after she showed up at Staten Island University Hospital March 11, complaining of pain, police sources told the Daily News.
Rahman told authorities that she had given birth but said the baby had died, sources said.
Rahman allegedly admitted to throwing the child in the trash before going to the hospital, the Daily News reported.
The medical examiner's office determined the child still had air in her lungs before her death, prosecutors said. Rahman allegedly told detectives the baby was moving after she gave birth, but stopped when she cut the umbilical cord, prosecutors added.
According to a New York Times report, when Rahman appeared in court on Staten Island earlier this month, her parents sat near the back of the courtroom with their heads in their hands.
“The actions of this defendant are so horrendous and so reprehensible that it shocks one’s conscience,” Jane Grinberg, an assistant district attorney, said at the March 14 court hearing, according to the Times report. Grinberg said that Rahman had seen a doctor about her pregnancy, but that she kept it a secret from her parents.
Rosas said he doubted the prosecution’s version of events.
Neighbors around the Honey Bee Condominiums on Staten Island, where Rahman lived with her parents and two younger brothers, said they had no idea she was pregnant. She often wore traditional clothes from India, they said, and the fabrics hung loose around her frame, reported the Times, adding that Judge Raja Rajeswari ordered her to held without bail.
Rahman’s arraignment is scheduled for March 30.