A 30-year-old mother who allegedly drowned her three children off Coney Island in New York City was indicted Friday morning on charges of first-degree murder, as well as three counts of second-degree murder and one count of human life. Corrupt indifference has three counts.
Erin Murdy, who appeared virtually to appear in Brooklyn criminal court from her hospital bed at Lutheran Medical Center, was sent back to custody. She did not file a petition and is due back in court on Tuesday.
Dressed in a yellow hospital gown, she sat on a gurney and leaned to one side, answering only “yes”, to questions asked at the start of the session by city judge Archana Rao. He was accompanied by a New York Police Department officer and his lawyer, who did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
“The defendant admitted to his relatives that he had hurt his children,” Assistant District Attorney David Ingle said Friday. Mardi had custody of all three.
A law enforcement officer said Mardy was admitted to hospital for a psychological evaluation after police found him “drenched” and questioned him on Monday morning in Brighton Beach, next to Coney Island.
Earlier that morning, she was seen walking on Famous with all three of her kids – a 7 year old boy, a 4 year old girl and a 3 and a half month old girl. Coney Island Boardwalk, Ingle said.
Relatives later called the police after Murdy reportedly told them, “The kids are gone,” and, “The kids are gone.” A law enforcement officer told CNN that the mother told detectives she was “dreaming of the children walking in the water”.
Ground, air and harbor units searched the children. At around 4:42 a.m. Monday, officers found him unconscious on the shoreline on West 35th Street.
Ingle said the children were soaked and covered with sand. NYPD Department Chief Kenneth Corey told reporters Monday that all three were pronounced dead in hospital after life-saving measures, including CPR, were performed by first responders.
The New York City office of the chief medical examiner said the children died of drowning early Monday and that their deaths were treated as homicides.
New York police this week charged Murdy with three counts of second-degree murder, three counts of indifference to human life, and three counts of manslaughter with victims under the age of 11, a law enforcement officer told CNN Wednesday. Arrested.