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Police arrest mom, 35, after she 'locked herself in Manhattan mid-town restaurant bathroom and smothered her son, aged one, to death'

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  • Latisha Fisher, 35, allegedly locked herself in a bathroom at 5 Boro Burger in Midtown Manhattan Monday afternoon with son Gavriel Ortiz
  • When workers at the restaurant gained access to the restroom, they found the 20-month-old boy unconscious and foaming from the mouth
  • Little Gavriel was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead
  • Fisher was immediately taken into custody

A woman was arrested at a Midtown Manhattan restaurant Monday afternoon after allegedly murdering her 20-month-old son.

Police were called to 5 Boro Burger on Avenue of the Americas and West 36th Street around 2:25pm on Monday after receiving a call about a woman who had locked herself in the restaurant's bathroom. 

A woman allegedly walked into the restroom and saw Latisha Fisher holding her hand over toddler son Gavriel Ortiz's mouth, saying she was trying 'to put him to sleep,' police sources tell the New York Daily News

Unthinkable: Latisha Fisher (left) was arrested Monday after allegedly smothering her 20-month-old son Gavriel Ortiz to death in a bathroom at a Manhattan restaurant

Unthinkable: Latisha Fisher (left) was arrested Monday after allegedly smothering her 20-month-old son Gavriel Ortiz to death in a bathroom at a Manhattan restaurant

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Horrific: The 35-year-old mother (pictured on the left being taken into custody on Monday) allegedly locked herself in the bathroom of 5 Boro Burger (right, on Monday) in Midtown where she was later found holding her unconscious baby boy

At one point, Fisher locked herself in the bathroom while a line grew outside the restroom. 

When employees at the restaurant finally gained entry to see what was wrong, they found Gavriel in his mother's lap - unconscious and foaming from the mouth. 

A male employee performed CPR until paramedics arrived - despite the mother swatting help away. Unfortunately the aid was too late for the little boy who was later pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.

Police immediately took Fisher into custody and transported her to the Midtown South Precinct.

A woman who walked into the bathroom Monday afternoon says she saw Fisher with her hand over the baby's mouth, saying she was trying to 'make him go to sleep'. Above, investigators inside the restaurant on Monday

A woman who walked into the bathroom Monday afternoon says she saw Fisher with her hand over the baby's mouth, saying she was trying to 'make him go to sleep'. Above, investigators inside the restaurant on Monday

Baby Gavriel was found unconscious and foaming from the mouth when restaurant workers broke into the bathroom

Baby Gavriel was found unconscious and foaming from the mouth when restaurant workers broke into the bathroom

Gavriel was rushed to Bellevue Hospital but doctors could not revive the young boy 

Marcus Comeau told amNY that he was standing down the block when he saw Fisher being led out of the restaurant by police.

'The mother was coming out in handcuffs,' he said. 'She didn't seem too distressed, kind of had her head down.

'She didn't make a lot of noise. Not a big fit,' he added.

A law enforcement official described Fisher to the Daily News as 'soulless'. 

Recent posts on Fisher's Facebook page appear to show her going through an emotional period. 

'How did everything change on me. I went to sleep feeling well,' she wrote on March 27, one day after posting a thank you to 'everyone for supporting me'.  

Neighbor's in Fisher's (pictured above) Lower East Side apartment say she lived there with her boyfriend and father of her son Luis Ortiz
Neighbor's in Fisher's Lower East Side apartment say she lived there with her boyfriend and father of her son Luis Ortiz (father and son pictured above)

Neighbor's in Fisher's (left) Lower East Side apartment say she lived there with her boyfriend and father of her son Luis Ortiz (father and son pictured on the right) 

Fisher's neighbors in the Lower East Side housing project where she lives told the New York Times that she and her boyfriend, Gavriel's father Luis Ortiz, had started fighting around Halloween. 

Other neighbors told the Daily News that she was 'violent' and that they could often smell marijuana coming from her unit. Some remembered an older child being taken away from Fisher, and an incident in which she stabbed another family member.

Fisher's older son is reportedly a preteen. 

'I think she just went cuckoo on whoever was up there,' neighbor Carolyn Lawson, 47, told the Daily News of the alleged stabbing. said of the stabbing. 'She needs help. It doesn’t make sense. I think she was on medication for whatever problem she had, but I’m assuming she wasn’t taking her meds.' 

Following the incident, family and friends started pouring out condolences on Luis Ortiz's Facebook page. 

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Comment by Joann Spencer on April 1, 2015 at 1:35pm

thank you , thank you Save them all

Comment by vaughn mitchell on April 1, 2015 at 12:15am

that is one evil b****. No words can describe the type of punishment she should receive.

Comment by Baseman1974 on March 31, 2015 at 2:24pm
Capital punishment
Comment by rastafari on March 31, 2015 at 1:04pm
...Seems as if there's no end to the madness...what about the 70 yr old that was slaughtered early this morn in qns?
Comment by GospelPan on March 31, 2015 at 12:41pm

That was a beautiful baby, it takes great evil to kill a child...why is it when folks don't take meds, they don't do good deeds, why always evil? Think about it...

Condolences to the father.

Comment by Cee Gee on March 31, 2015 at 12:32pm

Too many children are dying at the hands of their mothers.....the Bible said this would happen.  Parents will be killing their kids and kids will be killing their parents.  Condolences to the father.  So sorry he had to lose his son this way.

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