Police: Bronx Dad Murdered Infant for Crying

2-month-old was discarded in upstate New York
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2015 8:05 AM CST
Police: Bronx Dad Murdered Infant for Crying
Surveillance footage purports to show Jose Feliciano walking with a duffel bag.   (Courtesy )

A New York man faces murder charges in the death of his infant son, the New York Times reports. Jose Feliciano, 51, told police that the 2-month-old was crying, so he smothered the baby, then choked him. "The guy is a piece of garbage," the superintendent at the Bronx apartment where the alleged Dec. 10 murder took place tells the New York Post. The super says he would ask about the newborn and Feliciano would complain that the boy "is always crying" and that he couldn't get any sleep. Per the Times, Feliciano and the boy's mother traveled more than 50 miles upstate and left the boy's fully clothed body in the woods on Dec. 12. Surveillance video from the apartment shows Feliciano putting a duffel bag in his car, according to the Post.

Details of the alleged murder came to light after the 31-year-old mother was admitted to a Manhattan hospital Thursday after trying to overdose on pills, the Times reports. She told a hospital employee about the death of her son. During an interview with police, the mother told them the boy's body was upstate. Police recovered the body Saturday. Per the Post, police say the mother walked into the room after Feliciano had choked the boy, and Feliciano threatened to kill her if she went to authorities. Feliciano was charged in two unrelated assaults when he was arrested Saturday, police tell the Times, and has been charged with assault, rape, prostitution, and drug offenses in the past. "He was nothing but a troublemaker," the building superintendent tells the Times. (More New York City stories.)

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