NEW YORK — The Coney Island neighborhood is attempting to come back to phrases with the deaths of three younger children, presumably by the hands of their mom.
CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge experiences it is believed she was suffering from postpartum depression.
Candles flickered exterior the residence constructing on Neptune Avenue the place the three children lived with their mom earlier than police believe she drowned them at a Coney Island seaside Monday morning.
Tuesday, mother and father selecting up their children from college the place the oldest boy attended are nonetheless dealing with why.
“People need more assistance. They need more help out here,” one individual stated.
“I can’t believe it, why somebody do that,” one other individual stated.
A girl who works at a neighborhood grocery retailer says she talked recurrently with the 30-year-old mom.
“I saw her last on Wednesday, and she seemed so fine with herself … She didn’t look depressed. She didn’t look like she was suffering from anything. I don’t know what came over her,” the girl stated.
The cashier says she was all the time with her children — 7-year-old Zachary, 4-year-old Lilana and 3-month-old Oliver.
“All three of them, she love them so much, and she’s always everywhere with them. She never left them behind. She’s always with them. I don’t know what happened to her,” she stated.
Sources say investigators believe the mom was below immense monetary pressures. She had stopped paying hire and was going through authorized motion from her landlord. They additionally believe she was suffering from postpartum depression.
“One in seven new mothers will experience some form of postpartum or mood disorder. We have to really recognize that every mother is at risk,” stated Kimberly Seals Allers, a maternal toddler well being strategist.
Allers says typically it is arduous to inform if somebody is struggling.
“This idea that someone needs to be depressed and crying, and then that’s their sign for help, but any kind of deviation from a normal pattern,” she stated.
She additionally says some moms are afraid to ask for assist out of worry they are going to be separated from their children.
“Black mothers often over-penalized, criminalized. They’re having their children taken from them at disproportionate rates,” Allers stated.
According to police sources, the mom stays hospitalized and can endure a psychiatric analysis. So far, there aren’t any legal fees.
If you or somebody you realize may be experiencing postpartum depression, resources can be found: