Jennifer Berry made headlines this week when it was revealed that the new mother—who gave birth in her boyfriend’s Bronx apartment—threw her newborn out of a seventh floor window. Authorities now believe she may have been responsible for the death of another child in 2008.
Berry, who told officials that her new daughter was stillborn as an excuse for throwing her out the window, has been revealed to be a liar now that autopsies have confirmed that the baby was very much alive when she was defenestrated. And now that this information’s come to light, Berry’s being investigated for a 2008 incident in which her two-week-old son mysteriously died while under her care. People reports that the death was ruled as sudden infant death syndrome then, but now authorities aren’t so sure.
Berry’s boyfriend, who’s just as shocked as the rest of the world about her actions, says that he didn’t even know that his girlfriend was pregnant at the time of Monday’s incident.
Berry’s boyfriend, 28-year-old Giovanni Johnson, told police that he had no idea she was even pregnant because she had told him she had an abortion months ago, according to the NYPD. He told officers he found Berry in a pool of blood in the bathroom after she allegedly tossed the child out the window. She insisted it was just from her period, Johnson told detectives.
What’s even more terrifying is that Berry is a former child services worker. While her career—2007-2008—was relatively brief, it’s still difficult to think about someone so capable of causing such harm to children being entrusted to care for not only her own kids’ well-being, but that of so many other children who needed help. And at approximately the same time that she allegedly committed infanticide.
Berry’s been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. She will continue to be held without bail until she’s due to appear back in court on October 5th. Neighbors in her boyfriend’s building are shocked and disgusted by Berry’s actions.
“I can’t sleep since I found out that baby was thrown out a window moments after being born,” Maria Gonzales said. “If I had that woman in front of me, I don’t know what I’d do.”
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