Police Say Bronx Father Choked Baby and Disposed of Body Upstate

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Baby found dead in Dover after tip from mother.

A Bronx woman’s conversation on Friday with a hospital employee about the death of her son led to the discovery of the 2-month-old’s body in a wooded area in Dutchess County — and the arrest of his father on murder charges, the police said on Sunday. Bob Stadler of Brewster said he observed “a lot of police activity around the motel on Friday afternoon and again on Saturday morning: “I thought it was kind of unusual since at least five New York City Police cars parked on the motel property”. Sometime afterward, a police spokeswoman said, the couple traveled upstate and “at some point” went to Heidi’s Inn in Brewster, N.Y., about 50 miles north of Manhattan in Putnam County. Whyte’s body was discovered in Dover on Saturday after police were alerted when the victim’s mother — a patient at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains — confided with hospital staff about her son’s death.

Surveillance video shows accused baby killer Jose Feliciano casually carrying a red duffel bag to his car after the murder, putting it in the trunk and then driving off — and cops believe his son’s body was in the satchel, according to the building’s super, quoting police. The dead baby was found in the woods near a Brewster motel after the 31-year-old mother told police her boyfriend, 51, beat the boy to death — and then the two of them went on a ghoulish 50-mile drive to dump the remains, sources said. “Even if you have the irrational desire to murder a baby, you’d think there’d be something left in your soul that you wouldn’t want to carry it around.” The pair then loaded his battered body into a car and headed north. They checked into the motel before discarding the remains, the mother admitted to police. “It’s unsettling,” the worker added. “A premeditated act like that and then to carry the baby around?

It’s just antithetical to normal human behavior.” A state police spokesman said the department assisted with the investigation but he referred questions to the NYPD. “It’s their investigation,” the spokesman said. The mother’s name was not released by the police, but The New York Times reported that she was identified by her apartment building’s superintendent as Danielle Whyte, a teacher. The infant continued crying, so Feliciano wrapped his hands around the child’s tiny throat and choked him to within an inch of his life, police said. The Police Department received a call from the hospital on Friday, informing them that a woman from the Bronx had spoken to a hospital staff member about her child’s death.

Two days later, Feliciano and the child’s mother drove more than 50 miles to upstate Putnam County, where they rented a room at the Heidi’s Inn motel off Route 22 in Brewster. It was unclear on Sunday whether he had a lawyer. “He was nothing but a troublemaker,” said the superintendent of the Bronx building where the couple lives.

Feliciano, who has lived in the apartment for approximately five months, missed several rent payments, and neighbors often complained that his apartment reeked of marijuana, the superintendent said. Whyte was a “kind and quiet woman” who often kept to herself because her boyfriend “was always trying to control her.” Surveillance footage showed Mr.

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