Two years after the deaths of two toddlers at Amalgamated Houses, police last week arrested their mother, Jade Spencer, on two counts of manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault.
Court documents filed Friday confirmed what the medical examiner concluded in July 2017, that 2-year-old Olivia Gee and 3-year-old Micah Gee died from blunt impact injuries to the torso.
Further autopsy examination revealed both children had acute lacerations to the liver, likely inflicted late on July 9 and the early hours of July 10, 2017. The injuries, according to the report, caused internal bleeding that led to the children’s deaths early that morning.
Spencer lived in her Van Cortlandt Park apartment with her children, prosecutors said in court documents. She arrived home late on the evening of July 8, and was alone with her children until late the following morning.
Other media outlets reported Spencer’s boyfriend, Novell Jordan, came to her apartment the afternoon of July 9 and watched television until Jordan went to bed alone at about 10:30 p.m.
Jordan reportedly awoke around 1 a.m., to check on the children, finding Olivia unconscious and Micah struggling to breathe. Both children, according to law enforcement officials, suffered from severe asthma.
Spencer, a nurse practitioner, gave Micah an asthma medication called Albuteral to help him breathe, according to media reports. She then called 911.
A mob of ambulances and fire trucks pulled up to the Amalgamated with paramedics rushing the siblings to Montefiore Medical Center where they died just three minutes apart.
Police spoke to Spencer, Jordan and the children’s biological father that night.
Neighbors in the quiet Van Cortlandt Village co-op were shocked to hear of the children’s death. They made a small memorial to Olivia and Micah in front of their apartment building the next morning.
During the autopsy, medical examiners found markings on the bodies consistent with assault. At that point, authorities classified the investigation as a double homicide.
The charges resulted in a review of all evidence and coordination with the Bronx district attorney’s office, medical examiners and other city agencies, according to a New York Police Department spokeswoman.
“The investigation remains active and ongoing,” she told The Riverdale Press.
News of the children’s death shocked many two years ago
“Our city is mourning the loss of two young children in a tragedy Monday in the Bronx,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a 2017 statement. “As a parent, it’s very painful for me to think about the death of these two children and what the family is going through right now.”