The New York police announced the arrest and indictment of a triple homicide to the mother of the three children who appeared drowned in the coast of Coney Island on Monday morning.
The mother, Erin Merdy, a 30-year-old Brooklyn resident, was left in police custody that same day, when nothing could be done for the three minors: Zachary Merdy, seven; Liliana Merdy, four; and Oliver Bondarev, three months old. The medical examiner ruled that a drowning homicide occurred.
The three children were found unconscious around four in the morning last Monday. After several emergency calls and a deployment of agents in search of them, the minors were evacuated to a nearby hospital, but the medical services could not do anything to revive them.
"She was soaked and barefoot," said Kenneth Corey, head of the police department in that area, speaking about the mother. “Whether she has been out in the rain or in the water is all speculation at this point,” he noted.
The search had started about three hours earlier. It all started with a relative calling the police in which he expressed his fear that a woman could harm her three children, Corey explained.
Police went to the Neptune Avenue flat, but no one answered when they knocked on the door. In the building they found a man who identified himself as the father of one of the children, who also expressed concern about his condition.
According to investigators, "the woman previously called family members and made pronouncements that something could happen to the children," Corey said. Those people told them that the four of them could be on the Coney Island boardwalk, very close to the famous recreational park.
Once the investigation began, the agents found the mother an hour and a half later. However, there was no trace of her children. So the search intensified, both from the air and from the ocean. They found the three bodies about three kilometers further. Rescue teams immediately tried to revive them, to no avail. In the hospital they certified the triple death