2008-10-31 / Front Page

Search For Killer Of Teller, Baby

By Howard Schwach

Detectives have been working overtime this week in the search for the killer of a Rockaway bank teller and her baby in South Ozone Park on October 25, the day she was due to give birth to her first child.

Niasha DeLain in a family photo taken earlier this year. Niasha DeLain in a family photo taken earlier this year. Police say that Niasha DeLain had moved into her apartment just the week before, preparing for the birth of her child.

The popular teller at Capitol One Bank on Beach 116 Street had just started her maternity leave and was looking forward to settling into her apartment and enjoying her baby, sources say.

After DeLain's mother had not heard from her daughter for a few days, however, she asked her daughter's boyfriend, who had a key to the apartment at 109- 57 Lefferts Boulevard, to let her in so she could check on DeLain.

They got to the apartment at about 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, and found DeLain on the floor. Her neck was slashed and she had numerous stab wounds to her stomach, police say.

Both DeLain and her unborn child were declared dead at the scene by EMS workers.

Locals who banked at the Beach 116 Street branch termed DeLain a "nice, hard-working person who always had a smile for customers."

Niasha De Lain, who was killed in her South Ozone Park apartment, was a teller at the Capitol One Bank on Beach 116 Street. De Lain's unborn child was killed in the attack as well. Niasha De Lain, who was killed in her South Ozone Park apartment, was a teller at the Capitol One Bank on Beach 116 Street. De Lain's unborn child was killed in the attack as well. "It's a real tragedy," one bank customer said as he left the branch on Tuesday. "We chatted often, and she was proud of her job and her child. Why would somebody want to do something like that?"

Police sources say that they have not yet identified a suspect in the case, but that they continue to interview several people, including her unidentified boyfriend.

"There was no sign of forced entry into the apartment," a police source said. "At this point, we have no real suspects."

Detectives from the 106 Precinct Squad are investigating.

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