Guyanese woman took nap after tossing newborn out window
[New York Post] – The Queens woman who tossed her newborn son out a bathroom window simply showered and took a nap afterward, according to court papers Tuesday.
Suspect Sabita Dookram, 23, cruelly ignored her gravely injured baby’s cries — which were caught on local surveillance tape — as his tiny body lay next to the garbage 5 feet below, prosecutors said.
Instead, the mom cleaned up the bathroom with a yellow towel — and when her sister-in-law told her she thought she heard a baby wailing outside, even then, Dookram kept silent, a criminal complaint says.
“I panicked and threw it out of the bathroom window,’’ Dookram allegedly told cops Sunday of her child.
“I did not check on the baby. I put my clothes in the laundry hamper in the bathroom, I showered and went to sleep.”
Dookram said she “cut the cord with a scissor from the bathroom’’ after giving birth in the bathtub Saturday evening, documents show.
“I had a baby out of nowhere,’’ insisted the suspect — even though she allegedly admitted she knew she was pregnant from a one-night stand around her birthday with a coworker at JFK Airport, where she works, at about five months.
“I went to the bathroom, and the baby popped out of me. I didn’t know what to do, I’m sorry,’’ Dookram allegedly told investigators.
The boy — referred to as “John Doe’’ by police Monday because he had yet to be named — weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces at birth and was full term, according to court papers.
He was immediately put on a ventilator at the hospital and “is still on life support in critical condition,’’ the papers say.
“He has numerous injuries including brain bleeding, swelling of his brain, skull fracture, internal damage and internal bleeding,’’ Assistant District Attorney Melissa Kelly said in court.
Kelly, in arguing for $50,000 bail for the suspect, noted that Dookram “is able to hold down a job.
“Meanwhile, she threw a full-term baby boy out of a window over 5 feet high’’ and left him “naked on the ground for several hours,” the ADA said.
“She is able to do her laundry. She is able to clean the bathroom … all while the child was crying,’’ Kelly said — adding that authorities have video surveillance “where we can hear the baby’s wails.”
The prosecutor claimed that Dookram made “numerous contradictory statements” to cops to cover up her heinous crime.
For example, the father of the child reportedly knew she was pregnant, but Dookram claimed she had recently miscarried, Kelly said.
The suspect told authorities she gave birth between 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, court papers say.
A neighbor then heard “whimpering noises coming from outside her next-door neighbors’ home’’ around 10 a.m. Sunday, the documents say. “She went outside and observed a newborn baby boy lying naked on the ground next to the garbage.’’
A responding cop found “what appeared to be blood on the ground next to the garbage where the baby boy was found and on the side of the wall of the [home], leading up to the first floor bathroom window.
“He also observed blood in the window sill of said bathroom window, which is over feet from the ground,’’ according to the complaint.
Dookram appeared in court in a gray sweatshirt with “PINK” written in black letters across the front.
Her lawyer, David Guy, entered her plea of “not guilty.”
He agreed to the $50,000 bail, and the judge sealed the deal, ordering Dookram back in court Nov. 5.
Guy said his client’s family might put up their house to secure bail for her.
There is an order of protection against her preventing her from seeing her baby.
Dookram, asked by the judge if she understood the order of protection, replied, “Yes, I understand.’’