A Bronx mom faces murder charges after she threw her 5-month-old son against a wall, killing him, police said — and the tot’s family say she’s an abusive drug addict who had three previous kids taken away by ACS.
Police found little Raymond Porfil lifeless in his crib in his mom’s 13th-floor apartment at the Bronx River Houses on Bronx River Ave. in Soundview at 10 a.m. on June 4, police said.
Medics rushed Raymond to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he died. The city medical examiner’s office has not determined the tot’s cause of death, but police have ruled him a homicide victim.
On Tuesday, police arrested his mom, Joann McLeod, 30.
Not only did McLeod admit to hurling her infant at a wall, she delayed getting him medical attention because she was “afraid of going to jail,” according to a criminal court complaint.
“She was a bad, bad mother. She killed my baby,” said Raymond’s dad, Raymond Porfil Sr., 49. “Every time he cried, she would spank and spank him. . . . She was smoking K2 all the time behind my back.”
Porfil said he has an older daughter with McLeod, 16-month-old Ray Jasmine, who was in the apartment when the violence occurred.
Porfil’s sister, Estella Walker, 43, said McLeod told neighbors after Raymond’s death that he was crying, so she “stuffed a sock in the baby’s mouth and taped it up, and then fell asleep.”
That account is similar to one of several scenarios McLeod gave cops. She said found her son under a blanket with a sock in his mouth, and that the older baby tossed toys into Raymond’s bed, prosecutors said.
“When we went to the hospital, she wasn’t even crying,” Walker said. “She has three other kids, 13, 11 and 8. ACS took them away.”
The City Administration for Children’s Services intervened at one point, visiting the home on May 20, prosecutors said in Bronx Criminal Court. That was the only time the boy got medical attention, authorities said.
“Our top priority is protecting the safety and well-being of all children in New York City. We are investigating this case along with the NYPD and have taken action to secure the safety of the other child in this home,” ACS spokeswoman Marisa Kaufman said.