A Staten Island woman has been charged for allegedly killing and dumping her baby in a trash can outside the condo complex she lived in.
According to the New York Times, police said 28-year-old Nausheen Rahman, was charged with murder on March 13. She was initially charged for concealment of a dead body, but the charges were upgraded after a medical examiner discovered that the newborn was alive before it was left in a garbage bag.
According to an NBC affiliate, officials said Rahman walked into Staten Island University Hospital on March 11 complaining of bleeding. She said she had recently given birth to a baby at her home and had gotten rid of it.
Investigators then went to her residence in the New Springville neighborhood. Authorities found the newborn in a trash can at 11:30 a.m. on March 12. Paramedics pronounced the child dead at the scene.
People in the neighborhood told local station NBC 4 that Rahman had been living for years in the condominium where the baby was found. They also said Rahman and her family were nice people, and that they were baffled about the news.
“I think it’s terrible. And I’m shocked because this is a very good neighborhood. The whole complex is pretty close too, so for this to go unknown, it’s interesting,” neighbor, Mike Stanganelli, told NBC.
Neighbor Jennifer Goldner, who lives in the same complex as Rahman, said she did not know that she was pregnant. She told local station CBS 2 that she was horrified to hear about the incident.
She also stated that the mother had other options if the baby were alive.
“Drop him off at any firehouse, go to the hospital, do something. A life deserves more than that,” said Goldner.
“So much help we have out there and I guess she didn’t know where to go,” said neighborhood resident Brenda Santiago to PIX11 news.
“If I heard the baby crying, I would have taken the baby to the hospital,” said another local to station ABC 7.
According to local station ABC 7, officials are still trying to find out the baby’s exact cause of death.