A mentally ill man is in police custody after allegedly tossing his 4-year-old brother from a Brooklyn apartment building, killing the child.
Police responded to a 911 call around 3:30 a.m. Saturday on the 2400 block of Nostrand Avenue in Midwood and found the 4-year-old boy unconscious and unresponsive in the courtyard of a building.
The child, identified as Shimron Smith, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Officials said 20-year-old Shawn Smith, the victim’s brother, has been charged with murder. Police say he admitted to throwing the boy off of the roof.
“I just killed my brother,” he allegedly told cops, the paper reported, citing sources. “I took my brother up to the roof and I threw him off.”
Shimron was tossed from the top of an apartment building in Brooklyn that was seven-stories high, according to the paper.
Shawn Smith is schizophrenic and police sources said he recently told his family that voices in his head were ordering him to do “something bad,” the paper reported.
The family is from Guyana.
Smith underwent psychiatric treatment at a hospital in July, according to the Post.
As he was escorted out of the the precinct, Shawn Smith grinned and said “not really” when reporters asked him if he meant to hurt his brother, WNBC-TV reported.