Latisha Fisher sentenced: A schizophrenic paranoid NYC mother who blamed the devil for smothering her toddler son to death gets 18 years jail.
Latisha Fisher a paranoid schizophrenic NYC woman who smothered her toddler in a Midtown Manhattan burger venue and claimed ‘the devil made me do it’ was on Monday sentenced to 18 years jail reported the nytimes.
The 38 year old woman’s sentencing comes after the mother last month pled guilty to the killing of 20-month-old Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher in March 2015. At the time, officials told of Fisher spending 40 minutes in the 5 Boro Burger bathroom smothering the boy.
‘Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher never reached his second birthday because of his mother’s unconscionable act,’ said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. ‘While the fatal suffocation of a child at the hands of his own mother is a tragedy that can never be undone, I hope this lengthy prison sentence gives the victim’s grieving family some sense of closure.’
Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher biological father: I blame myself for not being there.
Sitting in the court during Monday’s sentencing was Gavriel’s father, Luis Ortiz Jr., 36, and the toddler’s paternal grandfather, Luis Ortiz Sr, 56.
Noted a statement from the deceased boy’s father, ‘The time I found out I was going to be a father, I was happy — and even happier it was going to be a boy.’
Ortiz Jr told how he’d dreamed of teaching his son how to ride a bike, and how to be a respectful young man.
Continued the man’s statement, ‘On March 20, I lost everything,’
Referencing an invitation to join the mother on the day of the child’s death the father said, ‘Sometimes I blame myself … I should have gone there that day, maybe he’d still be here with us.’
Told the mother upon given an opportunity to speak, ‘I’m sorry’
Adding, ‘I love my son.’
Latisha Fisher previous state recommendation: ‘a poster child for an alternative to incarceration program’
Judge Gregory Carro noted Fisher, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, ‘clearly suffering mental illness (and) has taken responsibility for her actions.’
After the sentencing, Ortiz Jr. and Sr. said they finally felt they had some closure.
At the time of the child’s murder, the nypost reported Fisher suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and having a violent past. After her 2015 arrest, the mother told police the devil made her do it.
Latisha Fisher claimed she was protecting Gavriel from someone who wanted to eat him by putting him to sleep with her hand.
Of note, Fisher was recommended for an alternative sentencing program after pleading guilty for the 2011 stabbing of her aunt.
Fisher had been taking medication to combat her paranoid schizophrenia after being diagnosed in the aftermath of that particular incident.
In September 2014, a court-appointed social worker said Fisher was ‘a poster child for an alternative to incarceration program’ and had ‘adjusted very well to the demands of new motherhood’.
Addressing Fisher’s resolve to accept the state’s plea deal, Bryan Konoski, said had his client decided to proceed to trial on the issue of mental illness, in the face of a possible life sentence.
The resolution of manslaughter gives Fisher an 18-year sentence with credit of 2.5 years for time she’s already served.
Told Konoski, ‘By pleading guilty and accepting this resolution, she has saved herself the risk of a possible life sentence. One day she will have an opportunity to be released back into society,’
Adding, ‘One of the first things that she said when people came and found her with her deceased child was that the devil made her do it,’
‘I think it’s really unquestionable she has a mental illness. The ultimate question was whether she knew or understood that what she did was wrong.’