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Chilling details emerge about mom ‘who drowned three children under 7’ as dad shares heartbreaking message English Headline


CHILLING new details have emerged in the case of a mom accused of drowning her three children on a New York City beach.

Erin Merdy, 30, has been charged with first and second-degree murder in the deaths of her children Zachary Merdy, seven, Liliana Stephens-Merdy, four, and three month old Oliver Bondarev.

Police at Coney Island after a mother was accused of drowning her three children

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Police at Coney Island after a mother was accused of drowning her three childrenCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Liliana's father Shamir Small released images of his four-year-old daughter

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Liliana’s father Shamir Small released images of his four-year-old daughterCredit: Family handout
Zachery's dad shared a heartbreaking message to his son shortly after his death

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Zachery’s dad shared a heartbreaking message to his son shortly after his deathCredit: Instagram

Now, it’s been reported she had been released without having a psychiatric exam from the Administration for Children’s Services shortly before the drowning deaths on Coney Island beach.

She “fell through the cracks”, according to The New York Daily News, who report the incident took place two months before the deaths.

An ACS spokesperson had earlier said: “Our top priority is protecting the safety and well-being of all children in New York City.

“We are investigating this tragedy with the NYPD.”

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Merdy also reportedly said she had dreams of the kids in the water and was facing eviction and rent troubles.

She may have been suffering from post-partum depression, her mother Jacqueline Scott has said.

Merdy’s estranged ex-husband, Derrick Merdy, told The New York Times that Zachary, his son, often arrived to visits dirty and complaining that he hadn’t been given enough food.

The two were reportedly in a custody battle, a relative told the New York Post.

Derrick later shared a heartbreaking message to his son shortly after his wake, telling mourners: “There are no words that could…do him justice for what he really was.

“I can’t express it. Like you met my son, you’ll love him. To know him was a real privilege. In seven years, he changed my life forever. He really did.”

Liliana’s father Shamir Small released images of his four-year-old daughter as he paid tribute.

Merdy was found alone, barefoot and soaking wet on the boardwalk in Brighton Beach after a family called a welfare check at 3am fearing that the children were in danger.

According to the criminal complaint, Merdy had told the relative “that she had hurt her children and that they are gone.”

NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said: “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.”

Merdy was arraigned remotely from the hospital where she was sent for a psychiatric examination.

Her attorney from Brooklyn Defender Services said he had no comment.

Officers searched the Coney Island shoreline early last Monday after a relative called 911.

Police found Merdy before the children were later found unresponsive at the water’s edge.

They were pronounced dead at a hospital. The city medical examiner’s office ruled their deaths homicides by drowning.

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Evidence against Merdy includes video that shows her walking toward the ocean with the children just before 1am Monday, according to the complaint.

The City’s Administration for Children’s Services had opened an investigation into Merdy two years ago after her boyfriend said she wasn’t sending her kids to school, CBS said.





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