SAN DIEGO – At a bit after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, a woman walking down an alley near the Park View Apartments complex probably had the contents of her nightmares altered forever: she spotted something odd on the ground, and when she moved closer, she realized it was an infant.
It appeared that the little boy had fallen from one of the complex’s windows. She immediately called authorities, who discovered, upon arriving, that the child was severely injured. (Odd how falls from a significant height seem to affect infants that way.) Medics performed CPR and transported the boy to the hospital, but the little guy didn’t make it to 6:00 p.m.
Currently, there are more questions than answers on this case, but let me share what we do seem to know: (1) The infant’s injuries were caused by a fall from a 3rd-story window. (2) The police initially detained the boy’s 33-year-old mother for questioning but have since arrested her and are now investigating the death as a homicide; they indicate she will be charged with first-degree murder. (3) The mother, who goes by the brain-bending and seemingly unlikely name of Zewoinesh Badasso, is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
It seems obvious that the hours of evidence-gathering at the apartment, along with interviews with Badasso and others, revealed that this case encompasses more than an unfortunate series of events involving an open window and a 7-month-old with some degree of mobility. After all, that police would arrest Badasso and publicly state that she’ll be charged with first-degree murder seem unlikely without some evidence or statements to which we’ve not yet been made privy.
Furthermore, if you watch the video posted by KFMB-TV, you’ll see that the window out of which the baby is suspected to have fallen features a safety gate: Was that gate not in place at the time the 7-month-old fell? Or should we suspect, based on the arrest and expected charge, that Zewoinesh Badasso intentionally tossed her son out of the window?Tags: California, Crime, Fall, infant, window, Zewoinesh Badasso