A San Diego woman accused of strangling her infant son, and throwing him out of a third-story window to his death was “calm and unconcerned about the baby” a police sergeant testified Tuesday.
Zewoinesh Badasso, 32, of North Park, faces first-degree murder in the death of her 7-month-old son identified in court records as David N.
Badasso's defense attorney said her client told her she was opening a third-story window while holding her baby on Sept. 7 when the boy fell to his death.
But in an interview outside the courtroom, defense attorney Amy McDonald indicated she will not argue that Badasso is innocent, but will instead claim that Badasso suffered from ”post-partum psychosis”.
McDonald said witnesses told her that Badasso was a very loving mother, who snapped, and killed her child. She said Badasso might not have a memory of what actually happened that day.
A stranger called police after finding the baby on the ground below a unit inside Park View Apartments on 39th Street in North Park.
Deputy District Attorney Nicole Rooney said the medical examiner determined that David had been strangled and had found ligature marks on the boy's neck, and other injuries that showed he had been beaten.
McDonald said her client was in custody when told of David’s death and appeared to be shocked and saddened.
However, a police sergeant who was present inside the apartment when officers questioned Badasso said she appeared uncaring.