Neighbors react to mother allegedly drowning newborn

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Officers were called to 31 Locust St. in Rochester for a newborn found unresponsive in a bathtub on Monday.

According to police, 10-day-old Jeremiah Mitchell was intentionally drowned by his mother Markiya Mitchell, who is charged with murder in the second degree.

Neighbors who live on Locust Street told News 8 this was not the first time Mitchell had done something alarming.

"Police came said there's nothing they can do, they didn't see any problem, they didn't see anything wrong," said one neighborhood who declined to be identified because she said she's already faced retaliation from other neighbors. 

As recently as last Thursday, the neighbor said she had to call the police for what could be seen as a prescient event. 

"Yeah, we called the police on them she was threatening to throw the baby out the window," the neighbor said. "She shouldn't have kids. Everyone knew that, including CPS and the police. We knew that last year seeing her with her daughter."

The neighbor said she was devastated, but not surprised it came to this.

Mitchell's 7-year-old daughter was removed from her custody last year after Mitchell allegedly beat her with a hammer. This child was recently returned to Mitchell's care. 

"The fact that she took that baby's life," the neighbor said. "That's their fault, she shouldn't have ever had that baby here, ever."

Mitchell is being held in Monroe County Jail without bail. She will appear in court Friday at 10:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.


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