Baby Slayer On Trial
Nearly two and a half years after a Jamaica man allegedly killed his pregnant girlfriend, a bank teller in Rockaway Park, and their unborn child, his trial began in Queens Criminal Court on April 11, after several days of jury selection. Police allege that, on October 25, 2008, Derrick Redd, who was then 35, stabbed to death Niasha DeLain and her unborn baby.
The victim had just taken maternity leave from the Capitol One Bank on Beach 116 Street and was due to deliver her baby within the week. 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 in Ozone Park, to let her in so she could check on DeLain.When they got to the apartment, the two 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.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said at the time, “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.”
Redd was charged with second degree intentional murder, criminal possession of a weapon and a second degree abortional act.
If convicted of the top charge, Redd faces 25 years to life in prison.