2011-10-28 / Top Stories

Prosecution Makes Case In Baby-Slayer Trial

Redd Faces Charges Of Stabbing Girlfriend, Unborn Child
By Howard Schwach

To many Rockaway residents, Niasha DeLain was that pretty, cooperative bank clerk at the Capital One Bank on Beach 116 Street, the young pregnant woman who was always smiling and always helpful.

To her mother, Towanda Wimms, however, she was the daughter who was on the cusp of giving her a grandson when she and the unborn child were stabbed to death by DeLain’s boyfriend.

Last week, Wimms was the major figure in the prosecution’s case against the boyfriend, Derrick Redd, in Queens Criminal Court, as she told jurors that she pushed open a bedroom door to find her daughter, 25, covered in blood.

“I saw my daughter’s feet,” Wimms told the jury in Queens Supreme Court.

“I screamed and ran out.”

Redd, 38, is facing a sentence of life in prison for stabbing DeLain six times on October 25, 2008 – approximately a week before she was to give birth to a baby boy she planned to name Aidan.

Wimms says that the night before her daughter was killed, she repeatedly called Redd’s cell phone when she couldn’t reach her daughter. He didn’t respond. Finally, she sent him a text message.

“Yo, I’m trying to reach Niasha,” it read. “If I don’t hear from my daughter I’m calling the cops.”

Redd called back and together they drove to the South Ozone Park apartment where she found her daughter.

She ran onto the street calling for help, she recalled. Redd handed her a cell phone and told her to talk to the police.

“I was crying,” she said. “I was confused. I just couldn’t get it together.”

Two years ago, Wimms mounted a legislative blitz in Albany, attempting to get the legislature to pass a law making killing an unborn baby a major crime. She got no traction, however, reports say because lawmakers were afraid of such a law’s impact on the abortion question.

This is Redd’s second time facing murder charges, court records show. Nearly 20 years ago, he was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a Queens diamond cutter during a 1992 robbery in a Rego Park apartment building.

The prosecution is expected to finish its case this week.

Court sources say that the defense is not expected to have a protracted case to put before the jury.

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