Who is Sabita Dookram? Queens mom accused of throwing newborn out of bathroom window moments after giving birth
The baby boy who was discovered with his umbilical cord still attached in the alleyway of the Queens home remains in critical condition
QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: A woman has been arrested after allegedly throwing her newborn infant out of a bathroom window at Ozone Park in Queens, moments after giving birth. Remarkably the newborn boy survived and remained in critical condition, suffering hypothermia (the condition of having an abnormally low body temperature, typically one that is dangerously low).
The 23-year-old mother, Sabita Dookram, has since been taken into custody. The baby was discovered with his umbilical cord still attached outside a home at 126th Street in South Ozone Park, Queens, at around 10:15 am, on Sunday, October 11. Investigators learned that Dookram had just given birth in the bathtub, then tossed the baby out from the bathroom window. The newborn remains hospitalized and his condition is improving at Cohen Children's Medical Center. Dr Peter Silver, medical director at the hospital, told CBS2 that it’s important to remember the Abandoned Infant Protection Act or Safe Haven Law is designed to prevent situations like this. “What that law states is that parents can anonymously turn over an unwanted baby, as long as they do it in a safe way and the baby is not injured, up to 30 days of age. Again, as long as the baby is cared for and somebody knows the baby is there,” Silver said.
A woman who lives next door said she stepped outside her house on Sunday morning to empty the trash when she heard a baby crying. “I went to close the gate and I heard a noise. I looked and see it’s a baby noise” she told NBC. Through tears, she said the baby did not have a blanket or any other covering. Another neighbor said the baby was “still moving” when he saw it, as it was being taken by authorities. “For something like that to happen, it’s heartbreaking man. It’s heartbreaking,” he told NBC.
Who is Sabita Dookram?
Dookram underwent psychological evaluation at the Jamaican Hospital in New York City, after the incident. According to a New York Post report, she was hit with seven criminal charges. Those charges include attempted murder, attempted manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, abandonment of a child and acting in a manner to injure a child, police said.
A next-door neighbor said Monday that she knows the baby’s mother but “didn’t notice she was pregnant.” She added that she is unaware of a husband in the picture.
As soon as the news of the incident came in limelight, people started slamming Dookram for the hideous act, as one internet user shared her picture and wrote, "Why? Queens mom throws newborn baby out window – South Ozone Park window.… #Sabita Dookram #South Richmond Hill." While one angry Netizen wrote, "That sabita dookram bi**h deserves to burn in hell." While another one wrote, "That cold-blooded serpent offspring at it again. We can’t expect them to love, not even each other."
That sabita dookram bitch deserves to burn in hell— Ricky Toxic Chan (@ricky_built) October 12, 2020
That cold-blooded serpent offspring at it again. We can’t expect them to love, not even each other.— truetalk 🇨🇮🇩🇪🇬🇧🏴🇺🇸 (@flufferstuffs) October 12, 2020