Saturday, December 27, 2014

Dad's assault charges to be upgraded after 4-month-old son dies (Queens, New York)

Dad is identified as JAGSHEER SINGH.

Queens man arrested for assaulting infant son will face upgraded charge after baby dies

Nevin Janduher died of severe head injuries he suffered while in care of his father, Jagsheer Singh.

BY Oren Yaniv / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Published: Thursday, December 25, 2014, 10:59 PM Updated: Friday, December 26, 2014, 2:18 AM

Father of infant will face upgraded criminal charges in beating death of son.

A Queens father who was arrested last weekend for allegedly assaulting his 4-month-old son will soon face an upgraded criminal charge after the child died hours before Christmas.

Nevin Janduher died of severe head injuries Wednesday afternoon at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital, a facility that shares a campus in New Hyde Park with Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where the boy’s mother works as a radiologist. The NYPD announced the child’s death Thursday.

The boy suffered the injuries last Friday while in the care of his father, Jagsheer Singh, 28, police said. Singh’s wife, Dr. Reena Malhotra, was at work that day. She returned to the couple’s Bayside home early Saturday and went to sleep without checking on the baby, prosecutors said. Nevin appeared to be fine at 7 a.m. Saturday, when Singh made him a bottle, according to statements he allegedly made, prosecutors said. The father then gave the boy a bath, and during that process the boy fell off a changing table that was about 4 feet off the floor, Singh said. Singh did not tell his wife about the fall, prosecutors said.

At 8 a.m., Singh noticed the child was unresponsive, and he then awakened his wife and called 911, according to his statement.

But doctors determined the baby “suffered multiple severe skull fractures, widespread brain injury resulting from lack of oxygen and retinal hemorrhages,” prosecutors have said. They argued the trauma was inconsistent with a fall.

Singh was arraigned Monday on charges of first-degree assault and child endangerment. He was jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail. In a news release Monday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown vowed charges would be upgraded against Singh if Nevin died. On Thursday night, a spokeswoman from Brown’s office said upgraded charges would await results of an autopsy performed by the medical examiner. Singh is due in court Jan. 5.

Nevin’s fate appears to mirror the deaths this fall of Jeida Torres, 3, and Thaiya Spruill-Smith, 2, in Brooklyn, and Poseidon Quinones, 3, of the Bronx. The girls died in separate incidents, allegedly at the hands of abusive step-fathers. Poseidon’s step-grandfather was arrested a month ago and charged with beating him to death.