A woman accused of tossing her newborn son to his death from a fourth-floor window told police an evil spirit had taken over the boy, according to court papers Monday. Rashida Chowdhury, 21, was being held without bail after her arrest late last week in the death of her month-old son, Rizwan.
Chowdhury initially told detectives that she had been asleep in the bed with her son and awoke to discover he was gone, but she later admitted she threw him out the window, police said. She said that he had been possessed by an evil spirit and had been sick recently, and she was “stopping the pain,” according to court papers.
Clearly, this is a case of the mother being disturbed in some way, not that the baby was possessed. It appears that she indeed does believe in possession but that is not the cause of such abuse; it provides a framework for how she interpreted the event. She may have been suffering from depression, very stressed, or in a difficult family situation, that is not clear yet.
Tragically, there were others in the house at the time. They did not suspect what had happened.