A New York City mom who has been charged with murdering her three children by drowning them on a Coney Island beach was reportedly released from the Administration for Children’s Services without having a psychiatric exam.
Erin Merdy, 30, had mental health issues for years and suffered from post-partum depression but was not properly evaluated just months before she allegedly drowned her three kids, the youngest only four months old.
The city medical examiner determined last Tuesday that 7-year-old Zachary Merdy, 4-year-old Liliana Merdy and 3-month-old Oliver Bondarev died by drowning.
Just months earlier, Merdy ‘slipped through the cracks’ of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services reported New York Daily News.
Merdy sent a terrifying text to family members before her children died that read ‘the babies are gone,’ prompting panic and a search by police that ended with the heartbreaking discovery of the three unconscious children.
Merdy now faces charges of three counts of second-degree murder, three counts of depraved indifference to human life, and three counts of murder with the victims under 11 years old, an NYPD spokesperson said.
NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said the mother had told cops she had a dream about walking her kids into the water.
‘We believe she went into water and drowned the kids… Regarding the motive, we’re going to leave that up to the health care professionals,’ Essig said.
The grandmother of the three children who were drowned say their mother may have suffered from post-partum depression.
Jacqueline Scott, told the New York Daily News that her daughter was a good mother.
‘She might have been going through postpartum depression. She was a good mother,’ she told the publication.
‘I reached out to her yesterday and she said she was doing laundry and I said I wanted to speak to the kids. I tried to call her twice on the phone and there was no answer.’
Scott added that she was one of a number of concerned relatives who had been trying to reach Merdy on Sunday night.
Police were called to an apartment on Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, at 1.40am Monday morning after a call from a concerned family member.
The caller said that they believed Merdy may have harmed her three children, and officers attended but could not find the family.
At 3.15am police received a second call of a woman in ‘distress’ walking around barefoot on the boardwalk of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.
Merdy claimed that her three children were missing, before they were found unresponsive on the beach two miles away.
The three children were found unconscious on the beach, and were transported to hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Merdy was initially taken to the police precinct on Monday but was later driven to hospital in an ambulance.
Cops had previously responded to six domestic incidents involving the distressed mother, including one on July 2 where she refused to hand over the children to her husband.
Court records indicated that Merdy had been threatened with eviction for being thousands of dollars behind on her rent.
Alfred Brown, Zachary’s football coach, said the last time he saw the little boy was on June 25.
He told DailyMail.com: ‘This year he did not play, he was supposed to stay with his dad over the summer.
‘He’d always say ”coach, coach, coach” – to not hear him say it today is just heart breaking.
‘I called him Zac Attack. His mom looked pretty normal but we can all mask our problems.
‘Zach was very bubbly, bright, giggly and full of life. The smile on his face was worth the world to me.’
Joseph, 60, a maintenance worker in the building where Merdy lives, said: ‘I’m speechless… To go and drown your children – I wonder what was on her mind and what led up to that.
‘People love their children, was she overwhelmed by the responsibility? It’s just a sad situation.’