Barbed wire

Jury has case of Yonkers mom accused of killing daughter in Harrison

December 19, 2011

By Rebecca Baker

WHITE  PLAINS - A Westchester County jury has finished its first day deliberating the case of Anthonica St. Victor, a Yonkers mother charged with fatally abusing her infant daughter at her boyfriend’s place.

St. Victor, 21, is on trial for first-degree manslaughter and other felony charges in the Sept. 9, 2008, death of Clarissa St. Victor, who died days before her first birthday.

Dorrel Foster, her ex-boyfriend, testified for the prosecution, saying he saw St. Victor strike the baby’s head against a wall and dresser, then violently shake and squeeze her in his room in the employees’ quarters of the Century Country Club in Harrison.

When the baby became unresponsive, St. Victor and Foster took a taxi to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where the baby was put on life support and later died.

An autopsy found the girl died of blunt-force trauma and had bruises, hemorrhages, rib fractures and other injuries.

The jury got the case at 12:45 this afternoon in Westchester County Court, following closing arguments by Assistant District Attorney Laura Murphy and defense attorney Richard Portale of the Scarsdale law firm Pappalardo & Pappalardo.

They resume deliberations tomorrow.