Young mother found dead, children crying
SCHENECTADY Authorities discovered the body of a woman in her 20s Thursday evening after neighbors reported hearing her infant and toddler crying for a prolonged period of time.
Neighbors of the woman living in the second-floor rear apartment at 847 Eastern Ave. reported hearing the children crying throughout the evening on Wednesday and again Thursday. Police were alerted and arrived to find the woman around 6 p.m. Thursday evening.
Firefighters were observed carrying two children from the apartment. One appeared to be an infant; both were taken from the scene in an ambulance.
The building is the same one visited by police on Saturday to arrest a parolee who is reportedly a person of interest in the homicide of Mary Greco, a former nun found dead in her Stanford Street home on New Year’s Day. The man, who has not been identified by police, lived in a different apartment in the building and is not suspected of being connected to his now-deceased neighbor.
“It doesn’t appear to be related right now,” said Sgt. Matthew Dearing. “They were in totally separate apartments.”
Dearing declined to give details about the untimely death until the woman’s family can be notified. He said an autopsy is scheduled for today, but wouldn’t say whether the death is being considered suspicious.
Neighbors of the dead woman knew little about her other than that she moved into the house about five months ago, as did all the other tenants — the building had been vacant. They described her as quiet and said she gave birth to one of her daughters within the past three months.
One resident who declined to give her name said she heard the children crying for several days, but didn’t think to alert authorities because it was fairly commonplace. Standing across the street from the building, she shook her head.
“I’d been hearing them for two days,” she said. “For two days. I feel bad.”
Sueeny Batista, another tenant of the building, said she loaned a blanket to emergency responders to wrap the younger child. She last saw someone go into the apartment Tuesday.
“I didn’t pay no mind,” she said.
But between police arresting the parolee last weekend and word of the woman’s untimely death Thursday, Batista was left shaken. Pregnant herself, she doubted she could stay much longer at the apartment she’s lived in since September.
“I don’t feel safe,” she said with a sigh. “I’m not sleeping at all.”
Police investigators were canvassing the nearby residences throughout Thursday evening. The four-unit apartment building is less than a block away from the Eastern Avenue Deli & Grocery, where 41-year-old Laurel Teer was gunned down as she struggled with a would-be robber in 2009.
“There’s been a lot of stuff going on in the neighborhood lately,” Eastern Avenue resident Teresa Miller said.