The city’s medical examiner said Tuesday that the drowning of three young children on Coney Island beach had been ruled a homicide, as their mother was hospitalized after allegedly confessing to the crime.
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The siblings, 7-year-old Zachary Murdy, 4-year-old Liliana Stephen and 3-month-old Oliver Bondarev, were found unresponsive along the shoreline on West 35th Street at around 4:40 a.m. on Monday, when a manic manhunt was unleashed by the mother. Erin Murdy’s disturbing behavior.
Mardy, 30, reportedly told relatives that he drowned his children – who were taken to the hospital on Monday, but could not be saved.
Surveillance video captured the mother of three walking through her apartment with her children after midnight. Mardy was holding baby Oliver while Zachary and Lilina followed him and the four entered the boardwalk area of the beach together at about 12:50 a.m.
Sources said that about 45 minutes later, Murdy is again caught on surveillance footage without his children near West 8th Street and Regalman Boardwalk West.
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According to law enforcement sources, the mother had a history of mental illness, including bipolar schizophrenia, relatives and police sources told The Post, and she may be suffering from postpartum depression.
Sources said the police are trying to ascertain whether his mental issues, especially postpartum psychosis due to postpartum depression, were a factor in the tragic deaths of the children.
Early Monday morning, Mardy’s relatives called 911 after being concerned about her irrational behavior and the safety of the three children over threatening texts they had received from her.
The police turned to Mardi’s apartment to conduct a wellness check, but the apartment door was open and no one was at home, the police said.
Just after 3 a.m., Oliver, Mardy’s boyfriend and the child’s father, called 911 and told police that he was also concerned about how she had acted in their apartment before, saying she appeared dazed and confused. Was. He said he was also concerned that Mardi had harmed the children and believed they were on Coney Island beach.
Soon after, police found Mardy, her boyfriend and her sister near Brighton 6th Street and found the mother barefoot, soaked and in a bathrobe, who appeared disoriented and unable to answer questions. .
Her children were nowhere to be seen, prompting the NYPD’s port and aviation units to conduct a frantic search for missing children on the beach.
Around 4:40 a.m., police made a heartbreaking discovery of their bodies in the sand on the shoreline near West 35th Street, where the mother was found, and just three blocks from their home on Neptune Avenue.
He was taken to Coney Island Hospital where he was declared brought dead.
According to court records, the mother is currently facing eviction from her Neptune Avenue apartment and was facing a custody dispute with her father over her eldest child.
Derrick Murdy, the ex-husband of little Zachary’s father and mother Erin Murdy, said his son was often dirty and hungry when he picked him up to visit.
“She starves me,” the child told his father, according to an interview. new York Times,
Murdy was taken to Brooklyn’s NYU Langone Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation late Monday morning and remained there on Tuesday.
He has not yet been charged in connection with a murder investigation, but if he is, he could face a bedside indictment.