2008-11-21 / Front Page

Cops Bust Boyfriend In Teller Slay

By Howard Schwach

Detectives from the 106 Precinct have made an arrest in the case of a Rockaway bank teller and her unborn baby, who were killed in South Ozone Park on October 25, the day she was due to give birth to her first child.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, who announced the arrest on November 11, identified the alleged killer of Niasha DeLain and her unborn baby as Derrick W. Redd, 35, of Jamaica, who is awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court.

Police say that Redd did not believe that the baby was his and wanted his girlfriend to abort it, but she refused, perhaps sparking the murder.

"I wasn't sure the baby was mine," he allegedly told detectives. "I didn't trust her with all my heart and we argued about an abortion."

After DeLain's mother had not heard from her daughter for a few days, she asked Redd, 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 and found DeLain on the floor. Her neck was slashed and she had numerous stab wounds to her stomach, including six stab wounds to the fetus in utero, according to court sources. Both DeLain and her unborn child were declared dead at the scene by EMS workers.

Brown said, "It is difficult to imagine a crime more heinous than that of a man brutally murdering a pregnant woman. What should have been a most joyous occasion for the victim and her family, the defendant is accused of turning into one of unbelievable sorrow - further compounded by the fact that he is alleged to have escorted the victim's mother back to the murder scene and allowed her to make the grisly discovery."

A spokesperson for DA Brown said that Redd will be charged with second degree intentional murder, criminal possession of a weapon and second degree abortional act.

If convicted of the top charge, Redd faces 25 years to life in prison.

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