Latisha Fisher, 35, was charged Tuesday in the death of 1-year-old Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher

By Tara Fowler
Updated April 01, 2015 04:10 PM
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The mother who allegedly smothered her infant son at a New York City restaurant has been charged with second-degree murder.

Latisha Fisher, 35, was charged Tuesday in the death of 1-year-old Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher, who was found unconscious in a bathroom at 5 Boro Burger in Midtown Manhattan on Monday, CBS News reports.

He was rushed to nearby Bellevue Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. His mother was taken into custody at the scene.

A worker found the two in the restaurant’s bathroom after the worker noticed that the mom and son had been in the restroom for an inordinate amount of time.

When asked what she was doing, Fisher allegedly told the worker, “I put my hand over his mouth to put him to sleep,” according to CBS News. Sources told detectives that she said the devil made her do it, WABC reports.

Neighbor Carolyn Lawson told CBS News that the death shocked her. “Anytime I’ve seen her around, she was happy pushing the baby with the father and everything, and I guess you just never know what goes on,” she said.

But Fisher has a history of violence, according to the New York Times. She previously poured burning oil on her partner’s head and used a Taser on her aunt.

“With her attitude and her past, any little thing could have set her off,” her friend Brian Rivera told the paper. “She’s good and kind until that button gets switched.”

Fisher had been on medication to treat paranoid schizophrenia, according to the New York Times.

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