#UK Father of one of the drowned Coney Island children insists 'killer' mom 'isn't a monster' #UKnews

#UK Father of one of the drowned Coney Island children insists ‘killer’ mom ‘isn’t a monster’ #UKnews

#UK Father of one of the drowned Coney Island children insists ‘killer’ mom ‘is not a monster’ #UKnews

The father of a four-year-old lady drowned by her mom at Coney Island laid his daughter to relaxation on Monday, however insisted his ex was not a ‘monster’ whereas talking after the funeral. 

Shamir Small mentioned his ex, Erin Merdy, 30, liked their four-year-old daughter Liliana ‘Lily’ Stephen, despite the fact that she drowned the lady and her two half siblings final week. 

‘Contrary to what occurred, she was liked by her mom,’ mentioned Small.

‘I do not care what no one says,’ he mentioned, ‘What [Merdy] did was monstrous, however she herself will not be a monster.’

Small additionally mentioned he needed his daughter to be remembered for a way she lived, and never how she died.

‘I do not need her to be remembered or referred to as how she handed,’ he mentioned, ‘I do not even wish to hear about it anymore. Don’t wish to see it, learn it, or nothing. I simply need everybody to do not forget that Lily, for 4 years, was liked by all her relations.’

Lily was wearing a pink gown earlier than being specified by a white casket, which was buried in Cypress, Queens. A Barbie doll was positioned inside her coffin together with her. 

Merdy faces costs of three counts of second-degree homicide, three counts of wicked indifference to human life, and three counts of homicide with the victims beneath 11 years previous, an NYPD spokesperson mentioned. She has not but appeared in court docket as a result of she hasn’t been medically cleared to take action.

Lily was dressed in a pink dress before being laid out in a white casket, which was buried in Cypress, Queens. A Barbie doll was placed inside her coffin with her

Lily was wearing a pink gown earlier than being specified by a white casket, which was buried in Cypress, Queens. A Barbie doll was positioned inside her coffin together with her

Shamir Small said his ex, Erin Merdy, 30, loved their four-year-old daughter Liliana 'Lily' Stephen, even though she drowned the girl and her two half siblings last week

Shamir Small mentioned his ex, Erin Merdy, 30, liked their four-year-old daughter Liliana ‘Lily’ Stephen, despite the fact that she drowned the lady and her two half siblings final week

Merdy had psychological well being points for years and suffered from post-partum melancholy however was not correctly evaluated simply months earlier than she allegedly drowned her three youngsters, the youngest solely 4 months previous. 

The metropolis medical expert decided final Tuesday that along with Lily, seven-year-old Zachary Merdy and three-month-old Oliver Bondarev died by drowning. 

Just months earlier, Merdy ‘slipped by means of the cracks’ of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services reported New York Daily News. 

Merdy despatched a terrifying textual content to relations earlier than her children died that learn ‘the infants are gone,’ prompting panic and a search by police that ended with the heartbreaking discovery of the three unconscious children.

The funeral of Liliana 'Lily' Stephen on Monday. The four-year-old girl was drowned by her mother last week

The funeral of Liliana ‘Lily’ Stephen on Monday. The four-year-old lady was drowned by her mom final week

Small also said he wanted his daughter to be remembered for how she lived, and not how she died

Small additionally mentioned he needed his daughter to be remembered for a way she lived, and never how she died

NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig mentioned the mom had advised cops she had a dream about strolling her youngsters into the water.

‘We imagine she went into water and drowned the youngsters… Regarding the motive, we’ll depart that as much as the well being care professionals,’ Essig mentioned. 

Jacqueline Scott, advised the New York Daily News that her daughter was a good mom.

‘She might need been going by means of postpartum melancholy. She was a good mom,’ she advised the publication. 

‘I reached out to her yesterday and she or he mentioned she was doing laundry and I mentioned I needed to talk to the youngsters. I attempted to name her twice on the telephone and there was no reply.’ 

Scott added that she was one of a quantity of involved family who had been making an attempt to achieve Merdy on the night time of September 11. 

Police have been known as to an condominium on Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, at 1.40am September 12 after a name from a involved member of the family.

The caller mentioned that they believed Merdy might have harmed her three children, and officers attended however couldn’t discover the household. 

At 3.15am police obtained a second name of a girl in ‘misery’ strolling round barefoot on the boardwalk of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.

Merdy claimed that her three children have been lacking, earlier than they have been discovered unresponsive on the seashore two miles away.

The three children have been discovered unconscious on the seashore, and have been transported to hospital the place they have been pronounced lifeless.  

Erin Merdy's apartment being guarded be a Police Officer, New York, U.S., September 12, 2022

Erin Merdy’s condominium being guarded be a Police Officer, New York, U.S., September 12, 2022

Police were called at 3.15am on September 12 to reports of a woman, 30, in 'distress' walking around barefoot on the boardwalk of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Police have been known as at 3.15am on September 12 to experiences of a girl, 30, in ‘misery’ strolling round barefoot on the boardwalk of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

'Bright' Zachary Mendy, 7, was one of three siblings who was found dead on a beach in Brooklyn

‘Bright’ Zachary Mendy, 7, was one of three siblings who was discovered lifeless on a seashore in Brooklyn

Merdy was initially taken to the police precinct however was later pushed to hospital in an ambulance.

Cops had beforehand responded to 6 home incidents involving the distressed mom, together with one on July 2 the place she refused handy over the children to her husband. 

Court data indicated that Merdy had been threatened with eviction for being hundreds of {dollars} behind on her hire. 

Alfred Brown, Zachary’s soccer coach, mentioned the final time he noticed the little boy was on June 25. 

He advised DailyMail.com: ‘This yr he didn’t play, he was supposed to stick with his dad over the summer season.

‘He’d all the time say ”coach, coach, coach” – to not hear him say it right now is simply coronary heart breaking. 

‘I known as him Zac Attack. His mom seemed fairly regular however we are able to all masks our issues. 

‘Zach was very bubbly, brilliant, giggly and full of life. The smile on his face was price the world to me.’ 

Joseph, 60, a upkeep employee in the constructing the place Merdy lives, mentioned: ‘I’m speechless… To go and drown your children – I ponder what was on her thoughts and what led as much as that. 

‘People love their children, was she overwhelmed by the duty? It’s simply a unhappy state of affairs.’

Officers confirmed that there had not been a history of abuse or neglect against the children in a press conference

Officers confirmed that there had not been a historical past of abuse or neglect towards the children in a press convention

The father of one of the children reportedly told officers at her apartment block, pictured, that  he was concerned for their safety, after their mother made several statements saying she would harm them

The father of one of the children reportedly advised officers at her condominium block, pictured, that  he was involved for his or her security, after their mom made a number of statements saying she would hurt them

Merdy reportedly told officers that her three children were missing, before they were found unresponsive on the beach three miles away

Merdy reportedly advised officers that her three children have been lacking, earlier than they have been discovered unresponsive on the seashore three miles away

The children, a seven-year-old boy, four-year-old girl, and three-month-old baby girl were rushed to hospital but pronounced dead on arrival

The children, a seven-year-old boy, four-year-old lady, and three-month-old child lady have been rushed to hospital however pronounced lifeless on arrival 

Victor Rodriguez, 54, one other neighbor, added: ‘I used to see her all the time, her youngsters would all the time ask if they may pet my canine. 

‘Everything appeared wonderful together with her however when Covid hit she seemed depressed. She wasn’t so pleasant anymore. And saved to herself. 

‘It’s devastating, particularly when you realize the youngsters. They have been very candy and respectful they appeared pleased youngsters – not a care in the world. 

‘I feel Covid had one thing to do with it. Before Covid and after Covid it was like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – two completely different folks.’ 

An NYPD spokesman added that there have been no identified prior situations of abuse or neglect towards the children. 

Police are interesting for witnesses or anybody with info on the tragedy to come back ahead. 

Anyone with info is requested to name Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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