Mother Charged With Killing, Dismembering Newborn Son With Scissors

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 21-year-old woman in Washington, D.C., was charged with first-degree murder for the strangulation and dismemberment of her newborn baby.

D.C. cops responded to a complaint on Nov. 28 of bloody water dripping from Lillian Alvarado’s apartment into her downstairs neighbor’s. What they found in Alvarado’s apartment was the dismembered newborn, with his umbilical cord still attached, lying in an inch of blood and water in her bathrub.

A pair of scissors found in the sink is believed to be the murder weapon.

Alvarado’s father, 70-year-old Santiago Alvarado, told police that the baby had been born dead, but the D.C. medical examiner ruled Thursday that the baby had been born alive and murdered by asphyxiation.

Moments before police found the body, Alvarado said, “Forgive me,” according to Alvarado’s arrest warrant affidavit filed in court.

She was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation on Friday.

“She has mental disturbances sometimes, and when that happens, she doesn’t talk,” her father said in Spanish. “She goes out of her mind. The doctors diagnosed her with a sickness.”

He did not know her diagnosis.

“No, I don’t know what happened, but I don’t think a mother can kill her son,” he added. “I didn’t see that. I didn’t even know she was pregnant. After this happened, I asked her, and she told me she didn’t know she was pregnant, that she got her period. I don’t want her to be in jail.”

Alvarado also has a 2-year-old daughter who was taken into custody by social workers the day the baby was born, her father said.

“I don’t know what we are going to do,” he said of his granddaughter. “Only God knows.”

Sources: Washington Post, New York Daily News