Cops Questioning Man in Killing of Mom and Baby in Burning Bronx Apartment

By Joe ParzialeBen Fractenberg and Wil Cruz  on October 26, 2012 2:30pm

KINGSBRIDGE — The biological father of the baby who was found dead in a burning Bronx apartment alongside his mother, who was brutally stabbed to death, was being grilled by cops Friday, said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

Luisa Rodriguez, 32, was found with multiple stab wounds on a smoldering mattress in her fourth-floor home at 3034 Albany Crescent Thursday night. She suffered blunt force trauma to her head and was cut badly, fire officials at the scene said.

Her 1-month-old infant was in the apartment, too.

Rodriguez was already dead by the time paramedics arrived, and the baby was unresponsive.

"The baby was...naked, and just had this blank expression," said Kenneth Delgado, who saw a frantic firefighter carrying the infant. "She didn't look like she was breathing."

The baby died at Montefiore Medical Center, officials said.

"It's horrendous," said another neighbor who asked not to be identified.

Kelly said Friday that the baby's father, a 21-year-old unidentified man, was being questioned by cops. He has not been formally arrested.

Cops said an unidentified man ran to a nearby firehouse Thursday to alert firefighters of the blaze, Kelly said. It was unclear, however, if the man was the baby's father, Kelly said.

Autopsies were set to be conducted Friday morning, a spokeswoman for the city Medical Examiner's office said.

The building's superintendent, Freddy Rodan, said the woman, who lived in a fourth-floor unit, kept to herself.

"She's a quiet woman," he said. "Never had no problems from her."

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