(NEW YORK POST) – A Brooklyn mom with a history of mental-health issues is suspected of drowning her three young kids on Coney Island beach early Monday — confessing to kin that she killed them, law-enforcement sources said.
The tragic little siblings – a 4-month-old boy, 4-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy – were discovered unresponsive around 4:40 a.m. along the shoreline at West 35th Street, just three blocks from their mother’s apartment, authorities and law-enforcement sources said.
The mom, 30, told relatives she “drowned all three kids” and was later found walking along the beach barefoot and in a robe, appearing “despondent,” cops and sources said.
“The mother was soaking wet,” NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey said at a press conference. “Whether she had been out in the rain or whether she had been in the water, again, is all speculative at this point. She was wet, she was barefoot, and she was not communicative to the officers.”
The woman was initially taken to the 60th Precinct for questioning and then carted off to on a stretcher to NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn, according to sources and exclusive Post photos and video.
An intensive search for the mother and the kids began about three hours before the children were found on the beach, when a relative called police expressing fears that the mom may have harmed the children, Corey told reporters.
Police responded to the family’s apartment on Neptune Avenue near West 33rd Street around 1:40 a.m., Corey said.
No one answered a knock at the door – but officers were met by a father of one of the kids inside the building, Corey said.
He “expressed similar concerns” about the welfare of the mom and kids and said he believed they were on the Coney Island beach, according to Corey.
“I believe that she had called them and made statements to them to that effect,” Corey said of the relatives, when asked why the family members believed the woman would harm her kids.
Law-enforcement sources said numerous family members had called 911 to report the mom “may have done something to the kids,” may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and has a history of mental health issues.
One of those relatives eventually found the mom on the beach and said she admitted she’d “drowned all three kids,” sources said.
After being directed to the beach to search for the mom and kids, police swarmed the boardwalk, the shoreline and the surrounding streets for about 90 minutes before they received another 911 call sending them to the Brighton Beach boardwalk, near Beach 6th Street, Corey said.
There, cops found the children’s mother with some of her relatives – but all three kids were nowhere to be found, Corey said.
The search then “intensified,” with the NYPD’s Aviation and Harbor units helping to scour the area for the missing kids, the police official said.
Authorities made the heartbreaking discovery of the children’s unresponsive bodies about 2 miles from the location where their mother was found.
“The officers immediately initiated life-saving measures including CPR on the children, and [the kids] were rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where they were regrettably pronounced deceased,” Corey said.
Distressing photos show first responders running through the sand, carrying the lifeless children in their arms. Later, the mom was captured strapped to a gurney as EMS workers wheeled her into NYU Langone.
Autopsies for the children are currently under way, and no charges have been filed, sources said.
“Right now we are looking for witnesses,” Corey said. “We don’t know exactly what happened here yet. … We’re going to try to piece this all together.”
It’s unclear if the mother has a history of abusing or neglecting the three kids.