Prosecutors on Wednesday said the parents of a 3-month-old girl — after her father allegedly shook her to death — dressed their infant in a hat and onesie, then placed her in a stroller in order to sneak out of a shelter where they were living before dumping the body in a wooded area in the Bronx, the New York Post reported.
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Damion Comager, 23, was arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court on charges of murder, manslaughter, and concealment of a human corpse in connection with the death of his daughter, Genevieve Rozzlyn Comager, the paper said.
Comager and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Ivana Paolozzi, allegedly dumped their daughter's remains in a wooded area near Yankee Stadium where she was found Sunday night, the Post said.
“Both defendants changed her diaper, placed her in a onesie and a hat, wrapped her in a blanket, and placed her in the stroller,” Assistant District Attorney Serena Newell said in court, the paper reported.
The prosecutor said surveillance video captured the pair walking with their daughter's body, according to the Post.
“The defendant pushed that stroller containing Genevieve’s corpse out of the shelter where they were living, successfully prompting no inspection or questions from the shelter staff," Newell added, according to the paper.
With that, the mother and father “placed their daughter Genevieve’s body into a garbage bag and disposed of said garbage bag and the baby stroller into a wooded area amongst massive trash,” Newell noted to Judge Matthew Bondy, the Post reported.
Comager was ordered held without bail pending a return to court Friday, the paper said, while Paolozzi — charged with concealment of a human corpse, tampering with evidence, and obstructing governmental administration — was arraigned and released with monitoring.
While Newell argued that Paolozzi “poses a significant flight risk” — she holds a Swiss passport and is in the U.S. on an expired visa — her charges aren't eligible for bail under the New York state’s controversial 2019 criminal justice reforms, the Post reported.
Prosecutors alleged that the young mother on Sunday lied to city Administration for Children’s Services investigators about her daughter’s death and disappearance, the paper said.
“Ivana Paolozzi stated that the defendants and their daughter, Genevieve Comager, were all alive, safe, and had relocated to Louisiana,” a criminal complaint against her stated, according the Post.
Prosecutors, however, said the baby had been dead for two weeks, the paper reported.
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The parents were arrested Monday after Comager allegedly confessed to his dad — who tipped off cops, leading to the search that turned up little Genevieve’s body.
Donald Comager told The Post this week that his son allegedly admitted that he shook the baby when she wouldn’t stop crying on May 14, and later found her “stiff” and “cold.”
Police sources said Damion Comager also allegedly admitted he slapped the baby after getting frustrated.
The parents allegedly panicked, stuffed her body in a bag and dumped their tiny daughter.
The paper said Damion Comager, who's from Louisiana, met Paolozzi, who is from Switzerland, while traveling in Europe. The pair moved to New York in December, three months before Genevieve was born, Comager’s parents told the Post.
Comager's father said his son struggled with mental illness and was diagnosed as bipolar and schizophrenic as a child, the paper said, adding that NYPD sources said he'd been arrested several times in Louisiana on assault, domestic violence, and criminal impersonation charges dating to 2021.
What's more, prosecutors said Comager still is sought on three outstanding warrants in Colorado for assault, failing to appear in court, and violating probation, the Post said, adding that after fleeing to Paris, Comager connected with Paolozzi on Facebook and moved to Switzerland.
Comager's father, Donald, said he received ministerial counsel before calling the NYPD, the paper reported.
“I called my pastor before I made the phone call,” Donald Comager told the Post. “We prayed, and he told me he can’t tell me what to do, but I should do the right thing. That’s when I made the call. That was my grandbaby.”
Donald Comager added to the paper that he took custody of his son Damion when he was just 3 months old and raised him until he turned 17 and “he ventured out to see the world.”
“I’m hurting,” Damion's dad confessed to the Post. “I want everyone to know my son loves his daughter.”
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