Coney Island deaths: three children discovered lifeless at Coney Island seaside drowned; deaths dominated homicide - WABC-tv

CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (WABC) -- fees can be filed Wednesday in opposition t the Brooklyn mother who is accused of drowning her three infants, because the investigation continues into a likely intent.

A medical examiner on Tuesday noted the three kids died by way of drowning and their deaths have been ruled a homicide.

Erin Merdy, 30, remained hospitalized at NYU Langone health center Brooklyn on Tuesday. If she is unable to be moved to court docket, a bedside arraignment is possible.

Authorities are searching into no matter if postpartum melancholy that led to postpartum psychosis could have played a task.

Police say she told her members of the family she drowned her children however may not speak to investigators.

"up to now, she's now not spoke of anything else," NYPD Chief of branch Kenneth Corey said.

The lifeless bodies of her three kids -- identified as 7-year-historic Zachary Merdy, 4-year-old Lilana Merdy, and 3-month-ancient Oliver Bondarev -- had been found on the shoreline of a Coney Island seaside after an in depth search.

Police first realized of the toddlers's disappearance early Monday morning, when a involved family member known as saying somebody can also have harmed them.

When officers arrived on the home on Neptune Avenue, a man who identified himself as the father answered the door and instructed police he believed the mother become with the little ones on the boardwalk.

Officers then begun to canvas the boardwalk and surrounding area for any sign of the mother or toddlers.

Ninety minutes later, police bought a call from members of the family who had been with Erin Merdy on the boardwalk, about two miles from the place the babies had been found.

"The mother turned into soaking moist," Corey observed. "whether she had been out in the rain or whether she had been in the water is all speculative at this factor. She become wet, she turned into barefoot, and he or she changed into now not communicative to the officers."

The look for the children intensified after Erin Merdy turned into discovered alone, and police despatched in a helicopter and marine gadgets.

The children have been discovered on the water's side presently after four:30 a.m. on a quiet component to seaside about 13 blocks from the stadium where the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball crew performs.

Efforts to revive them at a close-by health facility failed, Corey observed.

Erin Merdy has prior incidents of harassment and aggravated harassment that did not outcome in prices, but she has no prior arrests or a historical past of being emotionally disturbed.

Police say the movements seem like premeditated and never some thing that happened on the spur of a second, and detectives are looking into her previous and interviewing neighbors and spouse and children to assess what had transpired.

She has no longer yet been charged.

Eyewitness information additionally learned that she had been served with an eviction observe, claiming employ had now not been paid seeing that sometime last year.

Police are asking any individual who may additionally have viewed the mother and youngsters at anytime last evening or early this morning to name the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-information (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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