MOUNT VERNON - A 5-month-old infant was in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center on Friday after he was slammed to the sidewalk at least two to three times by his mother, who was naked and screaming in the street, police said.
One of the many bystanders who watched in horror as the 23-year-old woman raised the baby above her head and then slammed him to the ground was able to snatch the baby away and deliver him into the hands of Police Commissioner David Chong, who was in one of the first responding police units to arrive on scene at about 1:40 p.m., Chong said.
"Evidently that good Samaritan picked the baby from the sidewalk and ran from the mother," he said.
The ambulance had not yet arrived to the scene in front of St. Ursula's Roman Catholic Church, 7/84 E. Lincoln Ave., Chong said, so he and Deputy Chief James Dumser jumped into their unmarked police vehicle with the unconscious but breathing baby and took him to Mount Vernon Hospital. The infant was later taken to Westchester Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition, Chong said.
The infant has bleeding in his brain and a broken femur, he said.
The woman was taken to Mount Vernon Hospital, where she is undergoing psychological evaluation, Chong said. She is expected to be charged following her evaluation, he said.
Officials said they are still investigating what prompted the assault. Police were alerted by 911 calls that first described a naked woman screaming in the streets, followed by reports that she was assaulting the baby, Chong said.
Police units arrived within seconds of receiving the calls, he said. By then a large group of bystanders had gathered, including the man who rescued the baby, Chong said.