The young Bronx mom arrested for dropping her 6-month-old baby girl out a sixth-floor window had asked loved ones for help, but got none, she said as she was escorted to court Friday morning.
“I spoke to you and you didn’t listen!” Tenisha Fearon, clad in sweatpants and a Gap athletic sweatshirt, told her godmother Louella Hatch, 76, outside of the 46th Precinct stationhouse as detectives took her to an awaiting squad car to be arraigned.
On Thursday, hours before little Junilah Lawrence plunged to her death, the 27-year-old — who was a state licensed day care provider at one time — told Hatch she feared “the devil was in her,” the older woman said.
The exchange brought Hatch to tears.
“She said that she was trying to talk to me, but I don’t know about her sickness,” Hatch told the Daily News. “I don’t understand what she’s talking about. But I love her and that’s what I wanted her to know. I’m going to be there for her.”
Fearon had nothing to say two hours later as she was ordered held without bail on murder charges.
She sheepishly stared at the floor as prosecutors recounted how she dangled and then dropped her youngest child out of the top floor window on Tiebout Ave. near E. 182nd St. in Fordham — as horrified neighbors screamed at her to bring the child back inside.
“This defendant stands before this court accused of committing one of the most horrific acts of violence against her 6-month-old daughter,” Bronx Assistant District Attorney Rene Aponte told Judge Kim Wilson.
Judge Wilson ordered Fearon receive a psychiatric evaluation and be held in protective custody.
Witnesses heard a stark naked Fearon scream “We’re all going to die!” before she sent Junilah to her death on Thursday.
Then, in a bizarre, ritualistic scene, Fearon lay on the floor surrounded by her other three children. The three kids — two girls and a boy — were also naked and lying on their backs, according to next-door neighbor Gregorio Lopez.
Lopez, 47, ran to the roof after he heard neighbors scream and saw Fearon through a window, he said.
Junilah’s broken body was found on the pavement, officials said. Emergency workers rushed the infant to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was pronounced dead an hour later.
Cops had to break down the apartment door to get inside and free Fearon’s children.
Witness Lizette Rodriguez, 48, said Fearon was seen throwing things out her window before Junilah was cast out.
“She was screaming, ‘We’re all gonna die’ and ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Praise the Lord!’” Rodriguez said.
A spokesman for the state Office of Children and Family Services said Fearon was a registered family day care provider from 2013 to 2015. During that time there were “no complaints or violations,” spokesman Steve Flamisch said.
Her registration allowed her to care for six children a day and two additional children before and after school.
“Her registration expired on April 30 and she did not apply for renewal,” Flamisch said. “Her program is closed.”
As with all applicants, Fearon underwent an extensive background check as well as site visits before she could be licensed, a source with knowledge of the application process said. No red flags were raised at that time, the source said.
Hatch, who’s known Fearon since she was a child and treated her like her own daughter, said the young woman is mentally ill and needs help.
“You could charge her with whatever, if you don’t get her the medication and treatment she needs, it’s not gonna work.”