Rushing from a burning building with a motionless baby girl in his arms, one of New York’s Bravest desperately tries to revive a lifeless child on Thursday night.
Tragically the one-month-old infant did not survive the rescue and now police are questioning a 21-year-old man for allegedly beating the baby to death and fatally hacking her 32-year-old mother with a machete before setting their Bronx apartment on fire.
Elgidio Lind was arrested at a female friends house after firefighters found the bodies of his girlfriend Louisa Rodriguez and their baby Angela in their Kingsbridge home on Thursday night.
Police say her mother, a 32-year-old woman whose body was found naked beneath a smouldering mattress, had been stabbed multiple times and her head bashed before she was dragged into the bathroom.
Baby Angela was found lying unconscious in an empty bathtub and rushed outside by one firefighter who tried to resucitate the infant as he ran her to an ambulance.
The child later died at Montefiore Medical Center said NYFD officials.
‘The baby was…naked, and just had this blank expression,’ said Kenneth Delgado, who saw a frantic firefighter carrying the infant.
‘She didn’t look like she was breathing.’
An autopsy later found that the child had been killed after suffering blunt force trauma and had not died from smoke inhalation.
Witnesses, composed of residents and neighbours of the Bronx complex, described the heart-rending scene below.
‘They threw her down on the [car] hood and they gave her CPR then they took her into the ambulance and they took her to the hospital,’ a young teen told News12 Long island. ‘It was breathing but literally it looked like it was sleeping.’
‘My son saw when they pulled out the body, he’s like mom, they’re pulling out the body, I looked and just the image of her lying there,’ a second neighbour reacted to ABC7 while choking back tears.
Neighbours said the father of the infant, who was two days shy of her one-month birthday, was the victim’s boyfriend who had been living with her until recently.
They said the couple had had an often violent relationship.
‘Last weekend, he was screaming at her,’ said one neighbor, Senobio Padilla, 53, to the New York Times.
‘I heard him, I couldn’t hear her.’
It emerged that Rodriguez had gone to Family Court for an order of protection and had called police at least twice in the past, sources said to the New York Post.
The NYPD has not announced if Lind has been charged at this time.
Read more: The Daily Mail and ABC 7 NY