A young mother smiled as she left a New York court after appearing on charges related to the death and cover-up of her baby daughter.
Ivana Paolozzi, 20, was smiling in the corridors of the Bronx courthouse on Tuesday. She is charged with tampering with physical evidence and two counts of concealing a human corpse, in addition to obstructing governmental administration.
She is currently on supervised release with an electronic monitor.
Damion Comager, 23, is Paolozzi’s co-defendant and boyfriend. He was charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of his infant daughter, Genevieve, who died in May and was found buried in a schoolbag in the woods near a Bronx homeless shelter.
Ivana Paolozzi (left) smiles as she leaves Bronx Court on Tuesday. She is accused of tampering with physical evidence, concealing a human corpse and hindering the death of her daughter.
Damion Comager, 23, will appear in Bronx County Supreme Court for a hearing on September 12, 2023. He is charged with murder and manslaughter for the death of his infant daughter.
Baby Geneviève was born in February and died about three months later. She was found buried in a schoolbag in the woods near a Bronx homeless shelter.
In May, Comager cried that he “loved her” and was “sorry” as he was led away in handcuffs from the NYPD’s 44th Precinct, head down, after being charged.
Geneviève’s grandfather had already revealed to New York Post he felt compelled to call the police on his own son after consulting a priest. He said he decided he had to “do the right thing.”
“I’m just trying to deal with it,” Donald, 47, told the Post. “He told me the baby was crying a lot.
“She kept crying. He said he just shook her and laid her down, then he lay down and fell asleep.
“He got up and grabbed her and she was stiff and her body was cold.” He panicked. He told his girlfriend: “I think she’s dead.” »
An NYPD spokesperson previously told DailyMail.com that a concerned family member, now believed to be the grandfather, alerted police to the missing baby who was found unresponsive and unresponsive.
The baby is believed to have been living with his parents in University Family Residence, a transitional housing center located at 1041 University Avenue, a few blocks from Yankee Stadium.
An NYPD spokesperson previously told DailyMail.com that a concerned family member, now believed to be the grandfather, alerted police to the missing baby who was found unresponsive and unresponsive. Pictured: Paolozzi leaves a Bronx courthouse
Paolozzi, originally from Switzerland, moved with Comager from Louisiana to New York last November
Paolozzi is on probation with electronic monitoring while awaiting trial
Comager appeared in Bronx Supreme Court on Tuesday. Unlike Paolozzi, he was taken into custody
Comager looks around the courtroom during his September 12 appearance at a Bronx courthouse
Sources said Comager allegedly admitted to shaking and slapping the baby on May 14 when she wouldn’t stop crying.
Genevieve’s mother, Paolozzi, met Comager during a trip to Switzerland, where Paolozzi is from.
Sources told the Post that Comager allegedly admitted to shaking and slapping the baby on May 14 when she wouldn’t stop crying.
He reportedly refused to take her to hospital after she became unconscious because he feared the marks around her neck would arouse suspicion.
Later that morning, little Genevieve was put in a bag and abandoned in the wooded area where she remained hidden for more than two weeks, the sources added.
“They put the baby in a school bag and took her to the wooded area,” Donald recalled telling her over the phone.
Police from the 44th Precinct are investigating the death of Genevieve who was found in a wooded area near Major Deegan Highway Sunday evening around 8:30 p.m.
The baby is believed to have been living with his parents in the University Family Residence Hall, a transitional housing unit located at 1041 University Avenue, a few blocks from Yankee Stadium.
Geneviève’s mother and father first met during a trip to Switzerland, Paolozzi’s country of origin.
Comager, originally from Louisiana, and his girlfriend moved to New York in November, and Genevieve was born in February.
Comager’s father said the little girl was his first grandchild and he never had the opportunity to meet her in person, although he interacted with her regularly on calls or on FaceTime.
Donald reflected on the difficulties he faced in reporting his own son, but after praying with his priest, he felt he had no choice but to call the police.
He also revealed that his son, who previously had “several arrests for assault, domestic violence and criminal impersonation,” was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia as a child.