Rushing from a burning building with aÂ motionless baby girl in his arms, one of New York’s Bravest desperately tries toÂ revive a lifeless child on Thursday night.
Tragically the one-month-old infant did notÂ survive the rescue and now police are questioning a 21-year-old man forÂ allegedly beating the baby to death and fatally hacking her 32-year-old motherÂ with a machete before setting their Bronx apartment on fire.
Elgidio Lind was arrested at a female friendsÂ house after firefighters found the bodies of his girlfriend Louisa Rodriguez andÂ their baby Angela in their Kingsbridge home on Thursday night.
Police say her mother, a 32-year-old womanÂ whose body was found naked beneath a smouldering mattress, had been stabbedÂ multiple times and her head bashed before she was dragged into theÂ bathroom.
Baby Angela was found lying unconscious in anÂ empty bathtub and rushed outside by one firefighter who tried to resucitate theÂ infant as he ran her to an ambulance.
The child later died at Montefiore MedicalÂ Center said NYFD officials.
‘The baby was…naked, and just had thisÂ blank expression,’ said Kenneth Delgado, who saw a frantic firefighter carryingÂ the infant.
‘She didn’t look like she wasÂ breathing.’
An autopsy later found that the child hadÂ been killed after suffering blunt force trauma and had not died from smokeÂ inhalation.
Witnesses, composed of residents andÂ neighbours of the Bronx complex, described the heart-rending sceneÂ below.
‘They threw her down on the [car] hood andÂ they gave her CPR then they took her into the ambulance and they took her to theÂ hospital,’ a young teen told News12 Long island. ‘It was breathing but literallyÂ it looked like it was sleeping.’
‘My son saw when they pulled out the body,Â he’s like mom, they’re pulling out the body, I looked and just the image of herÂ lying there,’ a second neighbour reacted to ABC7 while choking backÂ tears.
Neighbours said the father of the infant, whoÂ was two days shy of her one-month birthday, was the victim’s boyfriend who hadÂ been living with her until recently.
They said the couple had had an often violentÂ relationship.
‘Last weekend, he was screaming at her,’ saidÂ one neighbor, Senobio Padilla, 53, to the New York Times.
‘I heard him, I couldn’t hearÂ her.’
It emerged that Rodriguez had gone to FamilyÂ Court for an order of protection and had called police at least twice in theÂ past, sources said to the New York Post.
The NYPD has not announced if Lind has beenÂ charged at this time.
Read more: The Daily Mail and ABC 7 NY