Laura Sergio, Andria Sergio and Cara Sergio
A new mother upset that she was unmarried tossed her newborn daughter into the trash, which suffocated the baby.
The aunts tried to cover it up.
Mother’s Day in the Sergio family will never be the same.
A Brooklyn baby died after her mother tossed her out like trash – and the tragic tot’s two aunts tried to help the mom cover up the disgusting act, police charged yesterday. Police found Laura Sergio’s baby girl wrapped in a towel and stuffed in a black garbage bag at around 3:30 a.m. on the back porch of her Bay Ridge home. A second black garbage bag was filled with bloody rags. The grisly discovery was made about five hours after Sergio, the youngest of three sisters who live at the house on Colonial Road with their parents, was rushed to Lutheran Hospital by private ambulance.
Police said Sergio, 25, collapsed in her home and was complaining of cramps, abdominal pain and bleeding. Once at the hospital, officials realized the former Catholic schoolgirl had given birth and questioned her and her entire family. They then went back to her house and found the dead infant.
A coroner ruled the death a homicide by a combination of asphyxiation and hypothermia, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner said. After hours of interrogation, cops late last night charged Sergio with murder. Her sister Andria Sergio, 27, was also arrested for “improper disposal of a human body.” Eldest sibling Cara Sergio, 29, was charged with obstructing governmental administration.
Her parents – a public school teacher, Dominick, and a Long Island University secretary, Lena – denied knowing their daughter was pregnant, police said. The family has lived on the block for about 20 years, and neighbors – who also didn’t know Sergio was pregnant – were shocked to hear what happened. “They are a good family,” said Christie Marrone, 20, who grew up with Laura Sergio. “They were always friendly. This is just not something you would ever expect someone to do.” Neighbors called the parents “very, very strict,” and said Sergio was a bit of a troublemaker with a history of running away. Many heard whispers that her parents did not approve of Sergio’s latest boyfriend.
“I think she got nervous that she was pregnant and not married,” Barbara Getleson, 82, said of Sergio.
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