Erin Merdy, who appeared virtually for an arraignment in Brooklyn criminal court from her hospital bed at Lutheran Medical Center, was remanded back into custody. She did not enter a plea and is due back in court Tuesday.
Wearing a yellow hospital gown, she sat up on a gurney and leaned to one side, answering only, “Yes,” to questions posed early in the session by city Judge Archana Rao. She was flanked by a New York Police Department officer and her attorney, who did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
“The defendant had admitted to her relatives that she had hurt her children,” Assistant District Attorney David Ingle said Friday, noting Merdy had custody of the three.
Earlier that morning, she’d been seen walking with all three of her children — a 7-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl and a 3-and-a-half-month-old girl — on the famed Coney Island Boardwalk, Ingle said.
Ground, air and harbor units searched for the children. Around 4:42 a.m. Monday, officers found them unconscious on the shoreline at West 35th Street.
The children died by drowning early Monday, and their deaths are considered homicides, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said.
New York police this week arrested Merdy on three counts of second-degree murder, three counts of depraved indifference to human life and three counts of murder with the victims under 11 years old, a law enforcement official told CNN Wednesday.