Joann McLeod, 30, has been charged with the murder of her five-month-old son
A mother has been accused of killing her five-month-old son by throwing him against a wall, according to Bronx police.
Joann McLeod, 30, is facing murder charges after police found her infant son, Raymond Porfil, lifeless in his crib at McLeod’s apartment in the New York City neighborhood of Soundview at around 10am on June 4.
He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital and the death was ruled a homicide.
On Tuesday MacLeod was arrested and confessed to having thrown the child into the wall.
She is currently awaiting an arraignment on murder charges.
Family members have said that the mom is an abusive drug addict who had previously had three children taken away by Child Services.
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Police found the infant, Raymond Porfil, lifeless in his crib on June 4 and he was pronounced dead at the hospital. McLeod confessed to throwing the baby against the wall of her apartment
‘She was a bad, bad mother. She killed my baby,’ the baby’s father, Raymond Porfil Sr, told the New York Daily News.
‘Every time he cried, she would spank and spank him. If I wasn’t there, she would hit him. He had a black eye and a bruised mouth.’
Porfil’s sister, Estella Walker, said that McLeod had told neighbors that Raymond had been crying so she ‘stuffed a sock in the baby’s mouth and taped it up, and then fell asleep.’
‘When we went to the hospital, she wasn’t even crying,’ Walker, 43, told the NYDN.
‘I feel so bad. That was my only son. He was my first boy,’ Porfil said.
Family members say McLeod is bipolar and addicted to the synthetic marijuana drug K2. The baby’s uncle, Loriano Porfil, spoke to media outside the Bronx apartment on Tuesday
The family and local community were shocked to hear about Raymond’s death
The dad described McLeod as bipolar, and said that she frequently smoked K2, a dangerous form of synthetic marijuana that can have unpredictable side effects.
‘She was smoking K2 all the time behind my back,’ the 49-year-old father said.
Walker added: ‘Everybody out here knows about her and K2.
‘She had a drug problem. She did everything in her power to keep the kids away from us.’
The boy’s uncle, Loriano Porfil, said the family is still in shock over Raymond’s death.
‘She could have given it to us, we would have taken care of him,’ he told NBC4.
‘She didn’t have to put him away like that.
The baby’s father had lived with McLeod until about a year ago when he went to rehab for heroin addiction.
According to Walker, McLeod has three other kids ages eight, 11 and 13, who had already been removed from the 30-year-old’s care by Child Services.
At the time of Raymond’s murder, Porfil’s 16-month-old daughter Ray Jasmine was reportedly in the apartment.
Marisa Kaufman, spokesperson for City Administration for Children’s Services, 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.’