A 22-year-old man was convicted of killing and burning the body of a 14-year-old Brooklyn girl who had just informed him that she was pregnant with his child. Christian Ferdinand reportedly dumped Shaniesha Forbes’ body in a creek after killing her.
According to the NY Daily News, Ferdinand smothered Forbes with a pillow after finding out that she was going to have his child. The New York Post reports that, after confessing to killing Forbes, Ferdinand asked: "Do you think I can get some kind of community service?”
“He intentionally smothered a 14-year-old girl to death and burned her body to get rid of the evidence,” prosecutor Robert Walsh said to jurors during the trial. “He had a problem that needed solving, he didn’t want to pay child support, and Shaniesha got in the way.”
Forbes’ autopsy ultimately showed that she was not, in fact, pregnant at all.
Testimony at the trial revealed that Ferdinand, who became involved with Forbes after meeting online, told a friend following the killing that the girl “didn’t deserve to live.”
Forbes was first reported missing in January of 2013. Months after Forbes’ body was discovered, Ferdinand was arrested for the crime. Although he initially denied any involvement, significant evidence including phone records eventually forced him to confess to the murder.
“His affliction is that he thinks everyone is stupid or too lazy to do their homework,” Walsh said during the trial. Walsh said that Ferdinand confessed in order to show that "killing a 14-year-old is out of character for him.”
Ferdinand was found guilty of the murder at the Brooklyn Supreme Court and is now facing 25 years to life in prison, which will be determined at his sentencing next month. Forbes’ family expressed that they believe Ferdinand deserves a much harsher sentence for his brutal crime.
“He deserves much worse,” Shaniesha’s sister Shaquana said.
“I hope he won’t see the light of day again,” Shaniesha’s mother said after the verdict was reached. “I will never see my baby again.”
District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said that he and his office would “seek the maximum at sentencing to ensure that we get justice for the victim.” Jurors reportedly said that the case was “open and shut.”