A New York woman allegedly killed her one-year-old baby in a restaurant, telling authorities that “the devil made her do it.”
Latisha Fisher allegedly killed 20-month-old son Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher in NYC Restaurant
Latisha Fisher, 35, is charged second-degree murder after police said she smothered her son Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher in the bathroom of a 5 Boro Burger restaurant on March 30, according to media reports. Fisher is being held in New York’s Elmhurst Hospital for psychiatric treatment.
Employees at the restaurant became worried when Fisher and her son were in the bathroom too long and the line for the bathroom began to grow, according to the New York Daily News.
An employee eventually used a key to gain the bathroom and saw Fisher holding her hand on the boy’s mouth. Fisher told her, “I put my hand over his mouth to put him to sleep,” the newspaper reported.
The boy was foaming at the mouth at the time; he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he later died, according to FOX News.
Fisher told police that she was “protecting him,” according to the New York Post, and said that “the devil made me do it.”
“It’s hard, it’s really unbelievable. I know my daughter loves her son,” Ortiz-Fisher’s maternal grandmother, Merial Fisher, 54, told the Daily News. “I don’t know what happened. It’s just so sad. He was such a happy baby.”