Deaths of 3 children found on Coney Island are ruled homicides

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A New York City medical examiner has ruled the deaths of three young children who were found unconscious by the waters off Coney Island.

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Officials said Oliver Bondarev, 3 months old; 4 year old Leilana Murdy; And Zachary Murdy, 7 years old, drowned.

Police found their mother, 30-year-old Erin Murdy, wet and barefoot on the boardwalk after a relative called 911 on Monday morning saying that Murdy may have hurt children. NYPD Department Chief Kenneth Corey said Merdy was with other family members but not with her children.


Police eventually found her children along the shoreline. Despite efforts to revive him, he was declared brought dead at a local hospital.

No charges have been filed.

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The city’s administration for Children’s Services would not say whether the family had a history with Child Protective Services.

“Our top priority is to protect the safety and well-being of all children in New York City. We are investigating this tragedy with the NYPD,” a spokeswoman for the agency said in an email.

Records show that Mardi was served an eviction notice for her Coney Island apartment just before the Covid-19 eviction moratorium ended in January. Those who knew the family said that she appeared overwhelmed by the responsibilities of having a newborn along with the young children.

Alan McFarland, founder of the Coney Island Training Youth Silverbacks, a football team with which Mardy’s 7-year-old played for nearly a year, said Mardy had dropped Zachary several months ago.

Zachary Murdy.Courtesy Alan McFarland

“He took her out all of a sudden,” McFarland said.

He described Zachary as a quiet kid who was always smiling.

“Nice, loving, energetic,” McFarland said.

He said the coaches went out of their way to make sure Zachary made it to practice consistently, often picking and dropping him.

In the long days when teams traveled for games, coaches would feed the children breakfast and sometimes dinner. Zachary was always grateful for the food, McFarland said.

“These kids got very hungry. Sometimes they want seconds. Sometimes they even wanted a third. Zach was one of those kids who wanted seconds and thirds,” he said.

McFarland said her mom only went to a game or two, but was polite when she showed up.

“She was very appreciative of working with us, and she seemed excited to come. She was definitely excited about him wanting to be a part of football and really connected to it,” he said. Told.

The team honored Zachary at their practice Monday, releasing balloons in the shape of number 15 – his jersey number.

“We prayed for him afterwards and closed the prayer with ‘Zachary, we love you,'” McFarland said.

“It was very difficult,” he said. “A lot of kids were too distant in a sense. I tried to have some mediocrity and some freedom to allow them to play away from situations and with freedom, but a lot of them took it too hard.”

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