Mother who threw kids from fire escape faces attempted murder



The Brooklyn mother who allegedly threw her two young children — including a newborn baby who is now in grave condition — out of her second-floor window is facing attempted murder charges, police said.

Dejhanay Jarrell, 24, was charged on Saturday with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and acting in a manner dangerous to a child younger than 17, according to police. 

Jarrell allegedly tossed her naked kids from the fire escape of her Rockaway Parkway apartment at about 11 a.m. Saturday, before jumping to the ground and continuing to harm the newborn girl, according to police and witnesses. 

Carl Chin, who lives in a row house adjoining the apartment building’s courtyard, rushed to wrestle the baby out of the mother’s arms.

Apartment alleyway.
Dejhanay Jarrell jumped out the window after her children and continued to harm the baby girl.
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Neighbor Carl Chin points to the alleyway.
Neighbor Carl Chin wrestled the baby out of Dejhanay Jarrell’s arms.
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“She grabbed hold of the two kids and proceeded to hurt them more,” Chin told The Post on Saturday. 

“She had the baby in her grip, and I had to take the baby out of her grip and hold her until the police and paramedics came,” he added. “As she was trying to hurt her children, and I was getting them out of her grip, she kind of thanked me and told me to take care of them.”

Chin, 41, said that the young mother told him she was “tired of being by herself” after the shocking incident, which left his sister-in-law “scared” and “traumatized.”

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The 2-year-old boy was left with non-life-threatening injuries and taken to Brookdale Hospital. His baby sister was taken to Maimonides Hospital in critical condition.
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Pink baby blanket on a fire escape.
Dejhanay Jarrell allegedly tossed her newborn baby daughter and 2-year-old son from the fire escape of her apartment.
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The 4-week-old baby girl survived the two-story fall but was left in critical condition on Saturday, and 2-year-old boy was left with non-life-threatening injuries, according to an NYPD spokeswoman. 

The mother, who suffered a spinal fracture, and the boy, who sustained a contusion and internal trauma, were taken to Brookdale Hospital, according to police sources. 

The newborn was rushed to Maimonides Hospital, where she is being treated for a skull fracture, swelling of the brain and renal injuries. The month-old girl was in grave condition, according to police sources.  

Dejhanay Jarrell's son was allegedly thrown from the fire escape of an apartment.
Dejhanay Jarrell’s son was allegedly thrown from the fire escape of an apartment.

The city’s Administration for Children Services has custody of Jarrell’s children, and police have a video of the startling incident, the sources said.

Neighbors were still rattled by the news a day later.

“She’s been here for about three months. She was a good person, a family mother,” said Herman Moultrie, 62, who lives in the building next door to Jarrell’s. “She wasn’t hanging out in the streets or anything. I never knew she had problems like this.”

“I’m thinking she was tired of being alone or maybe she was abused.”

Agatha Altifois, 62, who lives on the same block, added, “I’ve lived here for five years and I’ve never heard of anything like this happening here. 

“But it’s very difficult to tell what someone state of mind is, especially when they have two young kids.”

Additional reporting by Will Engel


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