An Elmhurst woman has been charged with killing her 11-month-old son.
Nicole Kelly, 22, of 52nd Avenue, faces second-degree murder charges following an investigation into the death Sunday of her son Kiam Felix Jr. She could be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
Kelly allegedly told detectives, “I reached my breaking point, I didn’t want him anymore,” according to District Attorney Richard Brown.
“This is a truly disturbing case of a mother accused of intentionally killing her helpless 11-month-old infant son,” Brown said in a prepared statement.
Police announced Kelly’s arrest Tuesday morning. She was not immediately arraigned because after being taken to Central Booking she was hospitalized. It was not clear why she was taken to a hospital, but a law enforcement source said it is not uncommon when police determine someone taken in for booking needs medical attention.
Officers were called to the apartment where Kelly and Kiam lived a few minutes after 4 p.m. Sunday because the baby was not breathing. The NYPD did not say who made the call. When the police arrived, they were told the baby already had been taken to Elmhurst Hospital. The officers then went to the hospital, where Kiam was pronounced dead on arrival.
According to the criminal complaint filed against her, Kelly covered the face and body of her son with a bedsheet, watched him struggle to breathe and move and then left him alone. She allegedly returned half an hour later, finding him blue and unresponsive. Several hours after that, he was taken to the hospital; it was not clear by whom.
Kiam had his own Facebook page, where the most recent post, made Monday at 11 p.m., was from his grandfather Sonny Southerland. It reads, “Missing you Jr.”
On Southerland’s own page, he says, “On this day my Grandson Kiam J. Felix, Jr., passed away....... He was the happiest baby I ever saw. He was soon to be 1 year old. It took all the strength I had to keep it together for my son so he can be strong. The police and the medical examiner Are still investigating as to what caused his passing. With all the love of my heart may he rest in peace.”
Both posts predate Kelly’s arrest.
The defendant is a 2012 graduate of August Martin High School, according to her own Facebook page, and a former home health aide. A photo of Kiam on her page has the words “RIP Tinkabutt” superimposed over it.
A post on the page from the victim’s grandmother Venus Southerland reads, “How could you Murder your own son you will get everything Mark my word that’s coming to you, your going to burn you baby killer no one likes baby killers you was never meant to be a mother I hate you, you evil bitch words just don’t explain how I feel about you right now.”
A post by Kelly, made Monday, says, “Missing my baby boy so much wish there was some way I could bring him back to life I feel horrible knowing he passed away Am his Mother I was supposed to protect him I know his spirit will always be around me I would never forget my 1st Born he will forever remain in my heart & his family hearts.”
Kelly’s birthday was Monday, according to several posts on her Facebook page, including one in which she wished herself a happy birthday by writing, “Happy Bdaii O2 Me.”
Another post, made under the victim’s name says, “Happy Bdayy Mommy.”
The victim’s father lives on Staten Island, according to his own Facebook page, which is dominated by photos of and expressions of love for his son, all posted before his death.