A pregnant woman and her unborn fetus have died after her boyfriend allegedly strangled her before dragging her body with his car – leaving her to die on a Brooklyn street, authorities claim.
Officers were alerted to the harrowing incident via a 911 call early Wednesday. They arrived to find Tatiana Walton, 27, unconscious outside an apartment building in Red Hook, the New York Times reported. She was pronounced dead shortly after responders found her and a medical examiner later determined that she died from asphyxiation due to neck compression.
Her boyfriend Kelvin Philp, 25, was arrested Thursday and arraigned on second-degree murder on Friday. Philp is also the father of the victim’s 2-year-old son.
Investigators say they believe Philp strangled Walton before pushing her out of his car and dragging her. It's not clear how long she was allegedly dragged – with two witnesses claiming they saw Philp dragging something behind his car before he got back in and sped off, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the New York Post.
The same day, security camera footage allegedly captured Philp leaving his son alone on a doorstep in Queens, according to the New York Times.
Philp is being held without bail. It’s unclear if he has representation that could comment on his behald..
Walton’s friend and former colleague Eva Salazar Fierro told the New York Times that Walton and Philp’s relationship was “very toxic” and that they frequently broke up. She said Walton would often become isolated from friends due to the relationship.
Walton worked in retail at Century 21 and at Sunglass Hut in Manhattan.
The couple’s child is now in protective services. It’s not clear how pregnant Walton was when she died but officials said she was “visibly pregnant” when she was found Wednesday, according to the New York Times.
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