A father charged with murdering his three-month-old daughter found dead in the woods apologized after his own father reported him to police.
The NYPD has confirmed the arrest of a father and mother following the death of the girl whose body was discovered Sunday evening.
Damion Comager, 23, was handcuffed in the New York Police Department’s 44th Precinct after his daughter Genevieve Comager’s lifeless body was discovered in the woods close to a Bronx homeless shelter.
‘I loved her, I’m sorry,’ Damion said as he was led away, according to the DailyMail.
Genevieve’s remains were recovered from a buried book bag on Sunday night.
Damion was arrested after his father, Donald Comager, 47, spoke with a priest and opted to ‘do the right thing’.
Donald contacted police about the death of his granddaughter.
‘He told me the baby was doing a lot of crying. She wouldn’t stop crying,’ Donald told the New York Post of Damion on Monday.
‘He said he just shook her and lay her down, and he lay down and went to sleep.
‘He got up and reached for her and she was stiff and her body was cold. He panicked. He told his girlfriend, “I think she is dead.”’
Damion was charged with murder, manslaughter and concealment of a corpse on Monday night.
Genevieve’s mother, Ivana Paolozzi, 20, has also been arrested and charged with concealment of a corpse as well as obstructing governmental administration.
The infant is believed to have been living with her parents at the University Family Residence, a transitional housing shelter near Yankee Stadium.
Damion admitted to shaking and slapping his daughter when she would not quit crying on May 14, sources told the Post.
He allegedly did not want to take Genevieve to a hospital when she was unresponsive because he was worried about getting in trouble for marks on her neck.
Genevieve’s body was stuffed in a bag and found more than two weeks after being dumped in a wooded area, the sources said.
‘They put the baby in a book bag and took her to the wooded area,’ Donald said Damian told him in a phone call.
Genevieve’s cause and manner of death are still under investigation by a medical examiner.