Mom accused of killing toddler in NYC fast food bathroom

Mar 31, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. ET
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After a 20-month-old baby boy was found foaming at the mouth in the bathroom of a Midtown burger restaurant in New York City, his mother was arrested. She blames what she allegedly did on the devil.

Thirty-five-year-old Latisha Fisher, mother to young Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher, took her son into the 5 Boro Burger bathroom at around 2:25 p.m. on Monday, according to police. After Fisher had been inside the bathroom for an "unusual amount of time," and as lines to the bathroom grew longer, an employee went in to check and was horrified by what they found.

Fisher was caught holding her hand over her son's mouth. Foam was coming out of the toddler's nose and mouth. Fisher said, "I put my hand over his mouth to put him to sleep." Fisher also spoke of "hearing the devil's voice."

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Fisher even tried to push employees away as they attempted to perform CPR on the lifeless toddler. Under normal circumstances, any mother would be distraught. One law enforcement official described Fisher to the New York Daily News as, "Soulless. She put her hand over his mouth and smothered him."

Police authorities added, "She is a lunatic. She is crazy."

Employees intervened in an attempt to save the boy before paramedics arrived, but it was too late. Gavriel was pronounced dead shortly after at Bellevue Hospital. His mother was arrested on the scene and taken into police custody.

According to reports from The Daily Mail, Fisher's shaky home life had taken a turn for the worse. Fisher's neighbors recounted that she and her boyfriend Luis Ortiz, Gavriel's father, had been fighting for several months. One neighbor called Fisher "violent" and said that marijuana smoke could often be smelled coming from her unit in the Lower East Side housing project where she lived. Another neighbor recalled that an older preteen son was taken away from Fisher after an incident where she stabbed a family member.

If all of these reports are true, poor Gavriel had little chance of having a normal childhood. There is nothing "normal" about harming your child without a conscience. Instead, we see a mother struggling with mental health issues without support. In a heartbreaking turn of events, this world lost another happy and innocent child because his mother didn't get the help she so desperately needed in time.

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