Mon. May 20th, 2024

A Yonkers, New York woman had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing her newborn daughter by throwing her out of a Bronx apartment building in 2015.

Jennifer Berry, a former child services worker who lived on Gailmore Drive in Yonkers, threw her daughter out of a seventh-floor window after giving birth in her boyfriend’s Bronx apartment on Sept. 28, 2015.

Berry also had an infant son who died in Yonkers in 2008, according to Westchester County officials.

The 35-year-old was sentenced in Bronx Criminal Court on December 15, 2017. The prison term was previously agreed upon as part of a guilty plea she submitted in November for first-degree manslaughter.

Officials said Berry hid her pregnancy from her boyfriend, who told police he was in another room when the baby was born and tossed out the window.

Berry gave birth in a bathroom in his apartment at West 183rd Street, then dropped the girl out the window, officials said. The baby landed in a courtyard seven stories below and was found around 2:30 p.m. that day with her umbilical cord still attached, police said.

Police said Berry initially denied that she had been pregnant before admitting that she had given birth in the shower. She claimed that her daughter wasn’t breathing when she tossed the girl out the window, police said.

The girl was alive when she died, though, according to the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office. Berry was arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter.

Berry, who worked for New York City’s Administration of Children’s Services from July 2007 until January 2008, previously had a son who died when he was 2 1/2 weeks old in March 2008, according to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

The boy was found dead in a bassinet at home in Yonkers, and the Westchester medical examiner determined he died of natural causes due to sudden infant death syndrome, officials said.

After the Bronx incident, the Westchester DA’s office said it would review the Yonkers death, but no charges were filed in that case.

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