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Police: Woman drowned her 10-day-old son in bathtub

  • Markiya Mitchell was arrested and charged in connection with the death of her son Jeremiah Mitchell
  • Police say Mitchell admitted to intentionally drowning her baby inside her apartment at 31 Locust Street in the city
  • Authorities say the infant was submerged in bath water for one to two hours
  • Mitchell was arraigned on the murder charge in Rochester City Court Tuesday
  •  She pleaded not guilty and was ordered held in jail without bail

By Regina F. Graham For Dailymail.com

Published: 10:00 EST, 14 November 2017 | Updated: 15:15 EST, 14 November 2017

A 25-year-old woman in upstate New York has been charged with second-degree murder for the bathtub drowning of her 10-day-old son, police say.  

Markiya Mitchell was arrested and charged in connection with the death of her son Jeremiah Mitchell, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said. 

Officers responded Monday afternoon to a report of an unresponsive child at a home and found a newborn baby in a bathtub.

Markiya Mitchell (above) was arrested and charged in connection with the death of her son Jeremiah Mitchell, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said. Police say 25-year-old Mitchell admitted to intentionally drowning her baby 
Markiya Mitchell (above) was arrested and charged in connection with the death of her son Jeremiah Mitchell, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said. Police say 25-year-old Mitchell admitted to intentionally drowning her baby 

Markiya Mitchell (above) was arrested and charged in connection with the death of her son Jeremiah Mitchell, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli said. Police say 25-year-old Mitchell admitted to intentionally drowning her baby 

The baby boy was taken to Rochester General Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police say 25-year-old Mitchell admitted to intentionally drowning her baby inside her apartment at 31 Locust Street in the city.

Authorities say the infant was submerged in bath water for one to two hours. 

The baby was found unresponsive in the bathtub by another adult in the home who called 911. 

Mitchell was arraigned on the murder charge Tuesday morning in Rochester City Court. 

She pleaded not guilty and was ordered held in jail without bail.

Police say Mitchell also has a 7-year-old child, who's currently in the care of a relative.

Additional charges are pending in the case and Mitchell is scheduled to return to City Court Friday morning for a preliminary hearing.


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