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Neighbor heard thud before dead baby found in Richmond Hill

By Sadef Ali Kully

A one-month-old baby was found dead Friday around 4 a.m. in the courtyard of a residential building on the corner of 115th street and Myrtle Avenue in Richmond Hill, and a neighbor said she called 911 after hearing a thud in the middle of the night.

Police said they could not confirm whether the infant was thrown out the window or placed outside.

Emergency Medical Service respondents pronounced the infant dead on the scene.

The baby was identified as Rizwan Ahmed

“I woke up to feed my baby and I heard a thump like a book hit the floor,” said Mazol Ilyayeva, 20. “I looked outside and saw it was a baby and I screamed and then called 911.”

She said the police asked her to do CPR, but she could not.

The police arrived within a couple minutes, she said. The baby was found in a blue-and-white onesie.

Ilyayeva said she saw the family leaving with the police. The mother was holding the husband and the rest of the family left the building expressionless from the scene.

She said that she did not know the family well. She thought there was one family member living in the apartment just a couple of doors away from her apartment on the fourth floor.

The young woman said the couple with the newborn had just moved in a few months ago.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, police said.

Police said they were currently questioning six people about the incident, which includes family members, police said.

The mother of the infant has been taken to Jamaica Hospital, according to an official source.

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