Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Shots Fired Into Crowd In Playground Where Deceased Newborn Was Found


By Geoffrey Croft

Shots were fired into a Queens playground yesterday afternoon, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

A park worker retuning from lunch heard the shots inside Dutch Kills Playground  near 28 St., Crescent St. bet. 37 Ave. and 36 Ave

"I heard Pow Pow, Pow. I looked into the park saw a guy his hands up like was just shooting," the worker said.

The park worker saw two people fleeing. The assailants escape was temporarily blocked when they tried to use the ramp exit near Public School 112  near 36 Ave which is blocked due to construction.

"They were trying to get out that exit but couldn't because it was blocked off."

 That's where found a  9mm handgun was found by park workers.

"I guess where the guy dropped the gun," a worker said.

The shooter exited near 36th Air and head towards 21st street where he met up with a Spanish male wearing a green army jacket.

"I was terrified," a worker said.

The park employee  took off and ran into a nearby store where the police were called.

The shooter was described as a black male wearing a black jacket with a blue sweat shirt, black sweat pants with a white stripe down the side.  

Police said the shooter was in his 20's.

The incident occurred approximately 12:40pm within the confines of the 114th Pct.

On Saturday morning a newborn baby boy was found in a trash can in the same playground by park goers at approximately 10:45am.

The umbilical cord was still attached according to law enforcement.

 The medical examiner is determining the cause of death.

In New York, a parent can  leave their child and call the Safe Haven hotline at 1-877-796-HOPE, and the child will be picked up by child care workers.

Abandoned Infant Protection Act allows a parent to abandon a newborn baby up to 30 days of age anonymously and without fear of prosecution — if the baby is abandoned in a safe manner, such as at a police or fire station.

"New York's Safe Haven Law allows a parent to leave a child thirty days or younger with an appropriate person or in a suitable location, such as a hospital, police station, firehouse or church where the parent promptly notifies an appropriate person of the child's location. Unfortunately, the mother of this baby did not adhere to the law and instead chose to stuff the infant in a bag and discard him in a garbage can," the Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

FDNY Ice Rescue In Forest Park - Child, 11, In Serious Condition


By Geoffrey Croft

The Fire Department pulled  an 11-year-old child out of the ice waters in Forest Park this afternoon after apparently falling through the ice.

Divers found the boy submerged in Strack Pond about 50 feet from the shore and pulled him to shoreline.

The first 911 call came at 4:05 p.m. for a person in the water.

FDNY performed CPR on the scene.  CPR was also performed in ambulance in the way to Jamaica Hospital.

The child is listed in serious condition according to FDNY.