Police have charged a Brooklyn mother in connection with the death of her 2-year-old boy.
Police allege that 19-year-old Geraldine Smith picked up her 2-year-old son, Jayden, and threw him into furniture in their apartment in the Nostrand Houses in Sheepshead Bay last Thursday.
According to police, when they arrived at the apartment at approximately 4 a.m. this past Thursday, Jayden was vomiting and having difficulty breathing.
He was pronounced dead at a Maimonides Medical Center later that day.
According to police, Geraldine Smith is charged with assault, injury to a person under 7 and child endangerment.
Police say those charges will likely be upgraded.
The medical examiner declared Jayden's death to be a homicide Tuesday.
According to the medical examiner's office, Jayden, who is seen above in a photo with his twin sister, died as a result of blunt force trauma to the abdomen and internal lacerations.
Neighbors NY1 spoke with in the Nostrand Houses said that they wish they'd known that there was a problem so they could have done something, perhaps given the mother, Geraldine Smith, a break.
A neighbor on the fourth floor told NY1 that she would frequently hear Jayden cry.
Other neighbors said that the kids seemed fine, and so did the mother.
"I feel really bad, really sad," said one neighbor. "Like I said, I didn't know her, but when I talked to her a couple, she seemed really nice. The kids were real cute. Never seen her do anything bad to the kids or anything. It's a shame, though."
Jayden's twin sister is in the care of the Administration for Children's Services.