CONCOURSE — The Bronx mother who was heard yelling "We are all going to die" before throwing her 6-month-old out her apartment window to her death was ruled fit to stand trial on murder charges Tuesday.
Tenisha Fearon, 27, who remained quiet aside from saying "not guilty" during her pleading, is due back in court on March 21 and will continue to be held without bail.
She had previously professed her innocence to police soon after the death of her daughter, according to court documents.
"I didn't do what they say I did," she said. "I love my kids. It's too late for you to help. It's done, and you'll be dead by Sunday, too. I am the Lord, please release me."
Her lawyer Tom Kenniff said he was not surprised that Fearon's psychiatric exam had determined that she was fit to stand trial and stressed that this did not mean she was mentally stable at the time of her daughter's death.
"The [mental fitness] exam deals with the defendant’s competence to stand trial. In other words, her ability to understand the nature of the charges against her and to assist in her own defense," he said. "It has nothing to do with what her psychiatric state was at the time of the alleged incident."
"The individual that I’ve gotten to know during the course of this case, the individual that I’ve spoken with, does not appear to be the same individual that would be capable of committing such a horrific crime," he continued, describing her as a loving mother who is very concerned with how her children are doing.
Fearon has been charged with murder for throwing her baby daughter Jahnyla Lawrence out of her sixth floor apartment at 2200 Tiebout Ave. in October.
Her three other children between ages four and 10 were inside the apartment when this happened, according to the Bronx District Attorney's Office.
She had been licensed to operate a day care center there but had no complaints or violations filed against her, officials said.