Death of newborn found in Brooklyn dumpster ruled a homicide — mom may face upgraded charges

Brittany Kriegstein and Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News
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The death of a newborn found in a Brooklyn dumpster last week has been ruled a homicide, police said Tuesday.

The baby girl was discovered by cops in a plastic bag inside a dumpster a block away her mother’s W. 28th St. building, part of NYCHA’s Surfside Gardens Houses in Coney Island, police said.

The child’s mother, Jahmika Small, 27, seemed to be under mental duress when she called 911 last Tuesday and said someone put her newborn in the trash, cops said.

Small is already charged with reckless endangerment and acting in a manner injurious to a child, could now face upgraded charges, authorities said. The baby suffered fatal head injuries, and the Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death a homicide, police said.

Her neighbors said she appeared to be mentally challenged but that the accusations are in stark contrast to the woman they know.

Small’s neighbors refuse to believe she killed her baby, noted she is a doting mother to her small daughter and vowed to raise money for her defense.

“I could never picture her doing something like that,” said Rosie Rodriguez, 46, who lives next door to Small. “She loved kids — she used to come her and play with mine.”

Rodriguez, a mother of three, said she wasn’t even aware Small was pregnant.

“I’m still trying to wake up from this,” she said.

Another neighbor, Emanuel Harper, 35, said “somebody had to threaten” Small for her to kill her newborn. She appeared to have some sort of mental or emotional disability but volunteered at Operation Hood, a cure violence initiative based in Coney Island.

“That’s how much she loved the kids,” Harper said. “She ain’t got no malicious bone in her whole body.”