The mother of a 5-month-old baby boy was arrested on homicide charges after throwing the infant against a wall, according to Bronx police. Joann McLeod, 30, reported her son as unresponsive to emergency services on June 4 around 10 in the morning.
Raymond Profil Jr was pronounced dead at the nearby St. Barnabas Hospital and police are ruling his death as a homicide, the medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death. His mother admitted to throwing him against a wall and delaying getting him proper medical attention because she was “afraid of going to jail,” in a statement given to police.
This was McLeod’s forth child, the previous three children were taken away from her custody by New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services, according to the babies father, Raymond Porfil Sr.
“She was a bad, bad mother. She killed my baby,” said the distraught father “Every time he cried, she would spank and spank him. . . . She was smoking K2 all the time behind my back.”
Profil said he has an older child with McLeod, a 16 month old girl who was home during the time her younger brother was killed. Profil’s sister told media that McLeod told neighbors after she threw her son at the wall that he was crying, she then “stuffed a sock in the baby’s mouth and taped it up, and then (he) fell asleep.”
The city’s ACS had been called previously and was in contact with the family as recently as May 20th, visiting their home. It was the only time the boy had received medical attention. Marisa Kaufman, a spokeswoman for the ACS said “Our top priority is protecting the safety and well-being of all children in New York City. We are investigating this case along with the NYPD and have taken action to secure the safety of the other child in this home,”
The infants father lived with the boys mother at one time, but had left a year prior to enroll in a residential rehabilitation program.
“I was using heroin and I had to go to a program to get myself straight,” he told the Daily News, during a phone interview from his Bronx treatment center. “I just had to walk away.”
Neighbors acknowledged people were known to come and go from McLeod’s 13th floor apartment at the Bronx River Houses on Bronx River Ave.
“Everybody out here knows about her and K2,” said Estella Walker, the boys’ aunt, K2 is a reference to the street name of powerful synthetic marijuana. “She had a drug problem. She did everything in her power to keep the kids away from us.”
Porfil mentioned McLeod struggled with bipolar tendencies. “If I wasn’t there, she would hit him. He had a black eye and a bruised mouth. I wanted to hit her, but I didn’t want to go to jail. I don’t hit women,” he said.
“I feel so bad. That was my only son,” Porfil said. “He was my first boy.”
McLeod has since been placed under suicide watch while she awaits further court appearances in county jail.
Source : The Recover Newsroom