Subscribe to Breaking News emails

You have successfully subscribed to the Breaking News email.

Subscribe today to be the first to to know about breaking news and special reports.

Staten Island Woman Charged in Death of Newborn Found in Garbage

by Chris Fuchs /
A 28-year-old mother was arrested late Saturday on a charge accusing her of dumping her dead baby into a garbage bag outside her condominium on Staten Island, police said.NBC New York

A New York woman was arraigned Monday on charges of second-degree murder and unlawful concealment of a human corpse in connection with a newborn found dead in a trash bag outside her residence in Staten Island.

Nausheen Rahman, 28, allegedly cut the umbilical cord and placed the baby, who was breathing, in a plastic bag that she threw into a garbage can, according to the criminal complaint.

A spokesperson for the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office told NBC News Tuesday that the cause of death was still under investigation.

At her arraignment, Rahman did not enter a plea before Staten Island Criminal Court Judge Raja Rajeswari. Rahman was remanded and is scheduled to appear in court again on Friday, according to the Staten Island District Attorney’s Office. Her attorney, Michael Robert Rosas, told NBC News that Rahman will plead not-guilty.

“We’re going to conduct our own investigation, and we’re going to see where that leads us,” Rosas said. “It’s a tragic event, and we’re doing our best to uncover some of the facts.”

 An excerpt of court documents showing the charges against Nausheen Rahman.

According to NBC New York, police found an unconscious infant outside Rahman’s apartment on Saturday morning around 11:30 a.m. The night before, Rahman had gone to the Staten Island University Hospital and told personnel she was bleeding as a consequence of childbirth, the report said. The hospital had no record of the birth. Rahman allegedly explained she had had the child at home and then disposed of it, according to the report.

Follow NBC Asian America on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.


Have feedback?

How likely are you to recommend to a friend or colleague?

0 = Very unlikely
10 = Very likely
Please select answer

Is your feedback about:

Please select answer

Leave your email if you’d like us to respond. (Optional)

Please enter a valid email address

Thank you!

Your feedback has been sent out. Please enjoy more of our content.

We appreciate your help making a better place.