Elsa Sanchez: NYC mom, 21, charged with shaking her 1-year-old baby to death
The city medical examiner's office ruled 1-year-old Daquan's death as a homicide and concluded that he died of abusive head and neck trauma
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: The mother of a one-year-old boy, who was found dead in his family’s apartment earlier this year, was charged for allegedly shaking him to death, reports cited. Elsa Sanchez, 21, was arrested at 9 pm Wednesday, September 29 in connection with her infant son, Daquan Vaughan-Sanchez's March 8 death inside an apartment on East 32nd Street near Snyder Avenue in East Flatbush, authorities reported.
The infant's 25-year-old father found him unconscious and unresponsive inside the apartment around 5:30 am March 8 and called 911. Little Daquan was taken to SUNY Downstate University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead two days later. In a similar incident, a 16-year-old mother allegedly stabbed her newborn baby to death before storing the remains of the baby in her purse and later transferring them to a closet in March last year. A 28-year-old mother from Louisiana was charged with first-degree murder after she allegedly abused and starved her one-year-old son to death in November last year.
The city medical examiner's office ruled Daquan's death as a homicide and concluded that he died of abusive head and neck trauma. Police noted on September 22 that the infant may have been a victim of shaken baby syndrome. If reports are to be believed, Elsa took to Facebook several days after her baby's death to lament his passing. "It hurts me that my first child is no longer with me. But it’s good that you in a better place. Baby, it’s extremely hard these few days without you. I feel sick to my stomach. I can’t bear the thought of you being gone from my arms," she wrote, adding, "When you came into my life, I’ve felt love that was uncanny. It’s unspeakable. You was the light into my darkness. But I’ve crumbled. I’ve lost myself. But I’m going to try my best to make you proud of your mother. Every goal I had set for us, I’m going to accomplish it."
Elsa was arrested on charges of manslaughter, reckless assault on a child causing brain injury and acting in a manner injurious to a child. It was not clear at the moment if she has an attorney who can comment on the charges.