Mom Accused of Smothering Her Son in NYC Restaurant

Latisha Fisher, 35, 'blamed the devil'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2015 7:30 PM CDT
Police: Mom Killed Her Boy in Restaurant Bathroom

Latisha Fisher said she was only putting her baby to sleep, but shortly afterward the little boy was dead. Charges are pending against Latisha Fisher, 35, who allegedly took 20-month-old Gavriel Ortiz into a fast-food restaurant bathroom today, locked the door, and smothered him to death, the Daily News reports. Fisher was taken into custody at 5 Boro Burger in midtown Manhattan. Earlier on, police say, a woman entered the bathroom and saw Fisher covering Gavriel's mouth. "I put my hand over his mouth to put him to sleep," the mom supposedly said.

Seems Fisher later locked the bathroom door, and when workers noticed she had been in there a while, they opened the door and found Gavriel on her lap foaming at the mouth and nose, the New York Post reports. Sources say a 5 Boro Burger employee did his best to perform CPR until paramedics got there and took Gavriel to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. As for the mom, "she didn't seem too distressed, kind of had her head down," a passerby tells the Daily News. "It was scary." Police sources tell the Post Fisher said she was "hearing the devil’s voice." Her Lower East Side neighbors say Fisher was violent, with one claiming that her apartment smelled badly of marijuana. (Read more infanticide stories.)

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