Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of TIONA RODRIGUEZ, 18, for murdering her newborn child in October 2013. RODRIGUEZ is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with one count of Murder in the Second Degree.
“There is perhaps no victim more defenseless than a newborn child,” said District Attorney Vance. “The baby’s body was only discovered after his mother was questioned by a store security officer who suspected her of theft. I am confident that the experienced homicide and child abuse prosecutors in my Office will see that justice is served in this tragic case.”
According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, on October 16, 2013, RODRIGUEZ delivered an approximately 8-pound male infant, born alive, in the bathroom of a friend’s apartment in Queens. The next day, security personnel at a Victoria’s Secret store in Herald Square stopped RODRIGUEZ and her friend for possible shoplifting, and discovered the deceased infant in RODRIGUEZ’s bag. The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner later ruled that the infant’s death was caused by homicidal asphyxiation.
Assistant District Attorney Rachel Ferrari, Deputy Chief of the Child Abuse Unit, is handling the prosecution of this case with Assistant District Attorneys David Drucker, Eun-Ha Kim, and Carolina Holderness, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Nicole Blumberg, Chief of the Child Abuse Unit, and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division.
District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD’s Midtown South Precinct and Homicide Squad, particularly Detectives Thomas Schick and Jose Flores, for their assistance with the investigation.
 The charge contained in the indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.
TIONA RODRIGUEZ, D.O.B. 9/23/1996
- Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count