35-year-old Jennifer Berry had no regard for the life of her newborn baby girl when she threw her out of her boyfriend’s 7th story apartment building. After waiting for two years, Berry admitted to the crime last Friday and was sentenced to 10 years incarcerated.
Jennifer Berry gave birth to the baby in the bathtub
A former child services worker, Jennifer Berry became pregnant over two years ago. While her boyfriend was absent, she delivered the baby in the bathtub. Wanting to hide the birth from him, she threw her newborn baby girl out his 7th story apartment building. This happened over two years ago on September 28th, 2015. Claiming that her baby had not been breathing when she threw her out the window, Berry tried to convince the police that she had not been the cause of her baby’s death.
After a full medical examination done by The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office, it was determined that the baby was alive before the fall and that the fall had been the cause of death. Police also say that the baby’s umbilical cord was still attached when they found her in the courtyard. Initially, Berry had denied that she was pregnant. However later, she admitted to being pregnant and giving birth in the bathroom before throwing her baby out the window.
Jennifer Berry charged with first-degree manslaughter
According to Berry’s boyfriend, he was in a different room when she gave birth and he had no idea that she was still pregnant. Apparently, Berry had told him that she had terminated the pregnancy by obtaining an abortion. After pleading guilty, Berry was charged with first-degree manslaughter and will be serving 10 years in jail.
This was not the first time that Berry had lost a child. In March of 2008, Berry worked for the New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services from July 2007 until January 2008. During that time, she had a 2-½-year-old son who died. The prosecutor’s office reported that the body of the boy was discovered in a bassinet in their home. After a medical examination, it was determined that the boy had died of a natural cause. However, after this recent incident, authorities will reexamine the boy’s death. As of right now, no criminal charges have been filed with that case.
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