Tenisha Fearson, 27, on Thursday, October 15, dangled her 6-month-old baby girl out a Bronx sixth-floor window, screaming “We are all going to die” Hallelujah” and Praise the Lord” before letting the child plunge to her death onto the concrete below, police said.
According to Tenisha’s godmother Louella Hatch, as police were taking her away, she said “the devil is in her,” Neighbors described a chaotic scene before the sickening drop, with building residents yelling at the deranged naked woman when she began throwing household items out the window.
They screamed in terror and called 911 when they saw her bring the baby to the window. “She threw a baby out the window!” one witness screamed. Then, in a bizarre, ritualistic scene, Fearon lay on the floor surrounded by her other three children: two girls and a boy who were also naked and lying on their backs, according to next-door neighbor Gregorio Lopez.
Lopez, 47, ran to the roof after he heard neighbors scream and saw Fearon through a window, he said. “I actually thought that they weren’t alive when I saw them lying on the floor naked,” Lopez said. But then, the maniacal mom “jumped up and started hitting the window,” he said. “That’s when I started calling for more help because I thought she might throw more (kids) out.”
Junilah’s broken body was found on the pavement, officials said. Her shoe and Minnie Mouse headband still lay on the sidewalk. Emergency workers rushed the infant to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was pronounced dead an hour later. Cops had to break down the apartment door to get inside and free Fearon’s children. Witness Lizette Rodriguez, 48, heard Fearon screaming and throwing things out the window before Junilah was cast out. “She was screaming, ‘We’re all gonna die’ and ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Praise the Lord!’” Rodriguez said. Hatch, 76, couldn’t believe the young mother was capable of committing such a horrific act. “She needs help …I want her to get help,”
Hatch told the Daily News. “Something’s got to be wrong. She wouldn’t do that.” Hatch had just returned from a church meeting when someone told her a baby was thrown from a window. “When I realized it was my building …I knew — that’s my goddaughter,” she said. One of Fearon’s other three children — the oldest 10, the youngest 4 — were harmed and were all taken into the care of the Administration for Children’s Services after the incident. Paramedics took Fearon to Bronx Lebanon Hospital for a medical evaluation.
She was then expected to be transferred to Elmhurst Medical Center in Queens for a psych evaluation. Fearon was charged with murder late Thursday, cops said. “All I know is that Tenisha loved her kids…that’s all,” said the suspect’s sister who refused to identify herself. Fearon was showing signs of instability in recent days, Hatch said. “She feels like the devil is in her. Yesterday I went to her home and that’s what she told me. She’s saying the same thing today. I told her, ‘You need help because you have other kids,’” Hatch told Daily News