Three Children Dead In Coney Island Drowning, Mother Questioned

NYC mom suspected of drowning her children was facing eviction, custody battles and mental health issues

The mother, who has been identified as 30-year-old Erin Merdy, reportedly owed over $10,000 in back rent in an apartment close to the beach.

Authorities started trying to evict the family in January after the state’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium expired, court records show.

The mother allegedly told family members that she drowned her children, a 3-month-old,  4-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy, on a nearby beach early Monday.

“I’m at a loss for words,” said a family member. “It’s not every day you lose three family members in one day. Nobody wants to go to the funeral and see those three bodies.”

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