A heartless mother allegedly pushed her 2-year-old son down a flight of stairs in the Bronx, New York while the little boy was still strapped in his stroller at 2:30 in the afternoon on Thursday, police said in news reports.
The 22-year-old woman had gotten into an argument with the father of the boy before she pushed the child down the steps at the East 149th Street and Grand Concourse station in Melrose, according to investigators.
Emergency workers took the boy to Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center immediately. The baby suffered cuts to the back of his head, and he is said to be in serious but stable condition.
One witness, John Smith, said the woman, identified as Jessica Mixon, looked so distressed and said she is cursing and saying that “she cannot do this anymore,” while leaning on a wall then steps away without helping her injured son.
“The baby was screaming,” Smith said. “He busted his eye, and his nose was bleeding. Blood was coming out of his mouth and the back of his head was bleeding.”
The unfortunate boy ended upside down at the bottom of the steps and two good Samaritans raced to help him and unstrapped him from the stroller.
Police said investigators have obtained surveillance footage of the incident in addition to witness statements.
Mixon, of Morris Heights, has been taken to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center for a psychiatric evaluation. She was later arrested and charged with attempted reckless assault on a child and attempted reckless abandonment of a child, according to the police.
It was not immediately clear if Mixon had an attorney who could comment on the charges.
Child fatalities are the most tragic consequence of child abuse or maltreatment according to studies. In 2012, 100 children are known to have died as a result of child abuse and neglect. This is a fatality rate of 2.35 per 100,000 children in the state of New York.