An Indian-American woman from Staten Island, New York – who is facing murder charges for throwing her newborn baby in the trash soon following giving birth – said she did not check for breathing in a video shown at a pretrial hearing May 18.
Nausheen Rahman, 29, said officers in testimony recorded shortly after she was arrested March 13, 2016, that she should have checked for signs of breathing in her infant son. “I was like ‘okay, he’s not crying, is he dead?’ “
“It was just my state of mind at the time. I’m like ‘What happened here?’ Then, I’m like, ‘What should I do?’ I was really scared, nervous. I was scared of my dad. ‘What’s going to happen?” And things like that,” Rahman said detectives, as reported by Staten Island Live.
“When I picked it up to put it in the bag, that’s when I saw he’s not breathing,” told Rahman, reportedly incriminating herself by saying she intended to put a live baby into a bag. She said, detectives, she had immediately gone downstairs in her home after delivering the baby, to get a black garbage bag.
Rahman had hidden the pregnancy from her mother & father. Immediately after she was arrested, she asked law enforcement officers: “Are you going to tell my parents?”
An autopsy determined the newborn still had air in its lungs, meaning it was alive at birth. There were also signs that the infant had moved after birth.
The pre-trial hearing will determine whether Rahman made her statements voluntarily or was coerced by police.
Police noticed the infant’s bloodied corpse on the morning of March 12 in a garbage can outside Rahman’s family house. The baby was in the fetal position, her thumb close to her mouth, when cops made the grisly discovery, according to prosecutors.
The young woman said police the father of the baby wanted nothing to do with her, and that she did not know what to do with the newborn infant. Rahman’s parents had been arranging for her marriage to another man.
Asked if she had considered an abortion, Rahman stated: “There was no plan on that. There was no intention of getting rid of it.”
Her parents came home to see that Rahman was bleeding badly. They took her to a hospital. Rahman initially lied about giving birth but confessed next she was confronted by doctors. She said to police she wanted, to tell the truth, but was scared of her parents.
The court will rule on the admissibility of the videotapes as testimony on July 6.