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NYC mother arraigned in Coney Island drowning deaths

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A New York City mother was arraigned on murder charges Friday after being charged with drowning her three children at the Coney Island beach. 

Erin Merdy, 30, was arraigned remotely from the hospital where she was sent for a psychiatric evaluation. 

Her attorney from Brooklyn Defender Services told The Associated Press he had no comment.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said Merdy was charged with first- and second-degree murder in the deaths of her children: 7-year-old Zachary Merdy, 4-year-old Liliana Stephens-Merdy and 3-month-old Oliver Bondarev.

NEW YORK CITY MOTHER CHARGED WITH MURDER IN HER THREE CHILDREN’S CONEY ISLAND DROWNING DEATHS

Police searched the shoreline at Coney Island Monday after a relative called 911. 

New York Police investigators examine a stretch of beach at Coney Island where three children were found dead in the surf Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, in New York. Authorities have confirmed that the children died by drowning. 

New York Police investigators examine a stretch of beach at Coney Island where three children were found dead in the surf Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, in New York. Authorities have confirmed that the children died by drowning. 
(AP Photo/Joseph Frederick/File)

In a criminal complaint, Merdy had reportedly told the relative “that she had hurt her children and that they are gone.”

The authorities found Merdy on the Coney Island boardwalk. She was wet and barefoot about two miles from where the children were located.

The three kids were found unresponsive at the Atlantic Ocean’s edge and later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Crime scene tape stretches across a section of the Coney Island boardwalk near a stretch of beach where three children were found dead in the surf Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, in New York. 

Crime scene tape stretches across a section of the Coney Island boardwalk near a stretch of beach where three children were found dead in the surf Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, in New York. 
(AP Photo/Joseph Frederick/File)

The city medical examiner’s office ruled their deaths homicides by drowning.

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The complaint said video showed Merdy walking toward the ocean with the children shortly before 1 a.m. Monday.

In interviews, relatives said Merdy seemed to be struggling with the children.

New York Police investigators examine a stretch of beach at Coney Island where three children were found dead in the surf Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, in New York. 

New York Police investigators examine a stretch of beach at Coney Island where three children were found dead in the surf Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, in New York. 
(AP Photo/Joseph Frederick)

Her ex-husband, Derrick Merdy, told The New York Times that Zachary, his son, would show up to visits unclean and complaining he wasn’t getting enough to eat.

Others told different publications she loved the children.

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Court records indicated Merdy had previously been threatened with eviction for being thousands of dollars behind on her rent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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World Cup 2022: Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings against Uruguay FA and four players

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Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Uruguay’s football association and four players over their conduct at the end of their final World Cup group game against Ghana.

Uruguay beat Ghana 2-0 but went out on goals scored, finishing third behind South Korea in Group H.

Uruguay’s players reacted furiously at full-time, confronting the referee and appearing to manhandle an assistant after they failed to award a penalty after a coming together between Darwin Nunez and Alidu Seidu.

Jose Maria Gimenez, Edinson Cavani, Fernando Muslera and Diego Godin all face potential punishments for breaches of Fifa’s disciplinary code relating to offensive behaviour and misconduct.

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