The deaths of three younger kids who have been discovered unconscious alongside the water’s fringe of Coney Island have been dominated homicides, by the New York Metropolis health worker.
Officers mentioned that Oliver Bondarev, 3 months outdated; Lilana Merdy, 4 years outdated; and Zachary Merdy, 7 years outdated, drowned.
Police discovered their mom, Erin Merdy, 30, soaking moist and barefoot on the boardwalk after a relative referred to as 911 early Monday involved that Merdy may need harm the kids. Merdy was with different relations however not her kids, NYPD Chief of Division Kenneth Corey mentioned.
Police finally discovered her youngsters alongside the shoreline. Regardless of efforts to revive them, the children have been pronounced useless at a neighborhood hospital.
No costs have been filed within the case.
Town’s Administration for Kids’s Companies wouldn’t say whether or not the household had any historical past with little one protecting companies.
“Our prime precedence is defending the security and wellbeing of all kids in New York Metropolis. We’re investigating this tragedy with the NYPD,” a spokesperson for the company mentioned in an e-mail.
Data present that Merdy was served an eviction discover for her Coney Island house simply earlier than the Covid-19 eviction moratorium expired in January. Those that knew the household mentioned she appeared overwhelmed with the duties of getting younger youngsters plus a new child.
Allen McFarland, founding father of the Coney Island Coaching Youth Silverbacks, a soccer staff that Merdy’s 7-year-old performed with for a few yr, mentioned Merdy pulled Zachary from the staff a number of months in the past.
“She sort of took him out abruptly,” McFarland mentioned.
He described Zachary as a quiet child who was at all times smiling.
“Good, loving, energetic,” McFarland mentioned.
He mentioned that coaches went out of their method to verify Zachary persistently made it to apply, incessantly choosing him up and dropping him off, McFarland added.
On lengthy days when the staff traveled to video games, the coaches would feed youngsters breakfast and typically dinner. Zachary was at all times grateful for the meals, McFarland mentioned.
“These youngsters obtained huge appetites. Generally they need seconds, typically they needed even thirds. Zach was one of many youngsters that needed seconds and thirds,” he mentioned.
His mother got here to just one or two video games however was well mannered when she confirmed up, McFarland mentioned.
“She was very appreciative of us working with him, and she or he appeared excited to come back. She was undoubtedly enthusiastic about him eager to be part of soccer and truly sticking with it,” he mentioned.
The staff honored Zachary at their apply Monday, releasing balloons formed just like the quantity 15 — his jersey quantity.
“We mentioned a prayer for him afterwards and closed the prayer with ‘Zachary, we love you,’” McFarland mentioned.
“It was very tough,” he mentioned. “Lots of youngsters have been very spaced out in a way. I attempted to maintain some normality and a few freedom to permit them to only go play and play with freedom away from the circumstance, however a whole lot of them simply took it very exhausting.”