A Brooklyn woman faces the maximum sentence of life in prison for drowning her three children in the ocean near their Coney Island home last month, authorities said Thursday.
It was Erin Murdy, a 30-year-old resident of Brooklyn. He was charged with three counts of first-degree murder; and nine counts of second-degree murder and were held without trial if indicted on higher charges.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement: “These innocent little children had their whole lives put before them when their mother allegedly drowned and abandoned them on the beach at Coney Island. This is a shocking and unspeakable crime, and we want justice for this case.”
The DA’s investigation revealed that at 12:37 a.m. on Sept. 12, Merdy took her three children — 7-year-old Zachary Merdy, 4-year-old Liliana Stephen Merdy and 3-month-old Oliver Bondarev — to a beach near Coney. West 35th Street of the island and drowned in the ocean. An hour later, she began walking to the residence of the little boy’s father, more than two miles away, the DA said.
The investigation determined that Merdy called family members in a distraught state and refused to answer questions about her children, and relatives called 911 in search of her.
Police launched an investigation and the children were found at 4:30 am and taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead. Merdi was found wet and barefoot by relatives, and said her children were missing, and apologized, the DA’s investigation found.
Murdy’s attorney declined to comment.