Police investigate the scene where 3 people were shot dead in Queens.
The police said the boy’s mother called 911 from her apartment on Marcus Garvey Boulevard in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, just before 11 p.m. Friday, and said that she had killed her son and then swallowed pills. Officers found the boy, 7, lying in bed with “bruising and lacerations” to the back of his head, according to a police official.
He was declared dead at the apartment, and his mother, Tenika Revell, was taken to Woodhull Medical Center for evaluation. Ms. Revell, 40, was charged with murder, manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.
Neighbors said Ms. Revell had treated the boy, Bernard, lovingly, buying him snacks, watching him ride a bicycle and holding his hand while crossing streets.
Several people said Ms. Revell had told them she received a diagnosis of terminal cancer.
“She was always very nice, and when she came in with the boy, she would buy him cakes, potato chips, water,” said Raymond Espinal, 56, who works at a bodega in the building where the boy lived.