Autopsy: Baby was alive when he was thrown into muddy water

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by Rucks Russell / 11 News

khou.com

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 26 at 2:17 PM

HOUSTON— Disturbing details have emerged about the final moments of a baby boy’s life, a child allegedly murdered by his own mother.  The body of two-month-old Masih Golabbakhsh was pulled from a shallow creek in the 8000 block of Woodway Thursday morning. According to a probable cause affidavit, he was still alive when buried face down in the mud.

The 2-month-old baby suffocated, according to an autopsy report. His lungs, stomach and airway were filled with mud and water.

The infant's mother, Narjes Modarresi,  has been charged with capital murder. 

Modarresi originally told police that her baby was abducted Wednesday after a man snatched him from his stroller in the 8000 block of Woodway.

An Amber Alert was issued for the baby boy Wednesday evening.
Police said Modarresi later admitted she lied about the kidnapping and led them to a wooded area near Buffalo Bayou. They found the baby's body early Thursday.
The autopsy showed the baby died from asphyxiation.  
The mother was first taken to the hospital after suffering what her attorney, John Floyd, called a “complete breakdown." 
 
She was later booked into the Harris County Jail and is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. 
 
The family has hired attorney George Parnham, who represented Andrea Yates after she drowned her five children in her Clear Lake home. Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
 
Some of Modarresi’s friends say she has a history of mental illness and may have suffered from postpartum depression. A psychiatrist who served as Parnham’s expert witness in the Yates trial said the condition can lead a mother to commit murder. 
 
“They can develop a psychotic wing to this,” said Dr. Richard Pesikoff. “Their thinking loses the ability to distinguish real from unreal so their thoughts get skewed.”
 
Modarresi and her husband also have a 3-year-old child.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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