Olivia Gee (left), 2, and her brother Micah Gee, 3, died just three minutes apart from each other on July 10, 2017 in Montefiore Hospital, in NYC, both from blunt force trauma to the chest
Olivia Gee, 2, and her brother Micah Gee, 3, died just three minutes apart from each other on July 10, 2017 in Montefiore Hospital.
Both toddlers had severe asthma, but the medical examiner ruled a few days later that they were homicide victims, and they died of blunt force trauma to the chest, police said.
Autopsies by the city medical examiner determined the siblings suffered from similar injuries caused by blunt force trauma to their tiny torsos inside the eighth-floor Van Cortlandt Park South apartment, according to a criminal complaint.
Each child was killed by internal bleeding from a lacerated liver inflicted in the late hours of the day they died.
And each child also showed evidence of a similar injury suffered the night before that also left the doomed pair with bleeding livers, authorities charged. Spencer was home alone with the siblings on both nights, and she found the two dying kids in their bedroom around 1:15 a.m., with Micah struggling to breathe and his kid sister unresponsive.
Spencer then called 911, according to authorities.
Authorities provided no motive for the alleged beatings of the small kids. Spencer, 33, who moved from the Bronx to Bloomfield, N.J., was arrested Wednesday in the Garden State and said nothing during her court appearance.
“The cause of death of both of these two children is blunt impact injuries to the torso,” said prosecutor Starishevsky. “Each child had injuries to the liver that occurred on two separate occasions about 24 hours apart.”
According to the criminal complaint, the defendant was the “sole caretaker” of the kids for the evening hours when they were twice assaulted. The internal bleeding caused by their injuries were responsible for both deaths, the medical examiner ruled.
Defense attorney David Bertan, in arguing for lower bail, noted that Spencer was the mother of a 1-year-old child and never fled the jurisdiction despite the two-year investigation into her possible role in the death of her two older kids.
The suspect’s mom, sitting in the courtroom, sat quietly throughout the hearing and declined to speak after her daughter was led away. Bertan similarly said nothing beyond his comments at the hearing.