A 1-year-old boy died Saturday in Rockland County, New York when he was left alone with his 6-year-old sibling. The mother left her baby son home alone with his sibling, though it isn’t clear how long the children were alone in their home.
Police arrested 36-year-old Marie Dorleus after the baby was pronounced dead. The mother is charged with felony manslaughter, according to a news release from the Spring Valley Police Department.
Law enforcement arrived at the apartment on Kennedy Drive after being called in at around 8:40 p.m. The 1-year-old boy was wedged between a bed and a wall, unresponsive. Police then freed the child who was trapped with the help of the Spring Valley Fire Department. Police claimed it wasn’t immediately clear how the boy ended up in that position.
After being freed, the 1-year-old was taken to Nyack Hospital where he died of his injuries, though it wasn’t revealed what the nature of his injuries was. The boy’s mother, Marie Dorleus, is currently being held in Rockland County.
Bail for Dorleus has not been set and it is unknown whether she has representation at this time. The reason for the mother’s negligence is unclear and police have not said why the 1-year-old boy was left alone with his 6-year-old sibling.
The tragedy in Rockland County is only one of many in New York over the weekend, as the crime wave in and around the city continues. New York is facing a surge in violent crime as Covid-19 restrictions continue to lift. Hate crimes, assaults, and shootings have plagued the city for weeks, with crime up since last year.
In the last month, New York City has had 150 shootings, and police and political leadership are struggling to combat the brazen crime spree. Felony assaults have increased eight percent in the first half of 2021 compared to the same time last year, and crime has become a major topic in the New York City mayoral race.
While the death of the 1-year-old boy was not reported as a violent crime, the Rockland County tragedy led to a death and an arrest within the State. Many blame the crime spree on social and psychological effects of Covid-19 and pandemic-related quarantine mandates, while MSNBC contributor Brittany Packnett Cunningham argues that it’s the fault of the police.
“This rise in crime is not the fault of the movement,” Cunningham said, who is a former member of President Barack Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force. “It’s actually the fault of the police. Why should we keep funding systems and institutions that keep rendering themselves ineffective?”
Leading mayoral candidates for NYC such as Andrew Yang, Kathryn Garcia, and Eric Adams have made it a point to discuss the growing crime problem in their campaigns. As New York City continues to see devastating levels of assaults, shootings, and hate-related crimes, the issue is going to be at the forefront of the conversation.