A man accused of murdering his four year-old brother by hurling him off a seven-story apartment building said afterwards ‘I’ve finally become a criminal.’
Shawn Smith, 20, made the outburst to reporters as he was escorted from the NYPD’s 70th Precinct in Brooklyn Saturday while apparently smiling at journalists gathered outside.
The New York Daily News reported that when Smith was asked whether he intended to kill his brother, who was called Shimron, he replied ‘Not really.’
Shimron Smith died Saturday after his older brother Shawn allegedly tossed him from the roof of their seven-story apartment block (Picture: CBS2)
Shawn Smith pictured leaving the NYPD’s 70th Precinct Saturday, where he allegedly told reporters ‘I’ve finally become a criminal’ (Picture: CBS2)Shimron died earlier that day after Smith allegedly tossed him from the roof of the building in Flatlands, Brooklyn, where they lived and onto a concrete courtyard far below.
Neighbors reported hearing a loud bang around the time the alleged murder took place.
Smith, who has been described as mentally ill, is then said to have flagged down a passing cop car and said: ‘Can I speak to you? I need to tell you something.’
After being told to wait while officers handled another call, Smith is said to have done so – then said: ‘I think my brother’s hurt.
‘Take me there and I’ll tell you more.’
After driving to the scene of the alleged murder, officers found Shimron’s lifeless body.
The little boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neighbor Benny Isakajv told CBS2 that Smith had schizophrenia, adding: ‘I guess that got the best of him.’
Another resident, Donna Hayward, told the station: ‘I have a little one myself. I can’t fathom somebody taking my child and throwing him off the roof like that.
‘It tears me apart. It hurts me to the core to even hear it.’
Smith, who arrived in the US from Guyana less than a year ago, has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bond.
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