The drug-addled Bronx mom convicted in the slaying of her 5-month-old son was sentenced to 10 years behind bars Wednesday.
Joann McLeod, 32, was handed the sentence in Bronx Supreme Court after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter last month in connection to the June 2018 fatal battering of little Raymond Porfil Jr.
Prosecutors say McLeod repeatedly slammed the boy’s head against a wall inside her apartment at the Bronx River Houses in Soundview sometime between midnight on June 3 and 9 a.m. on June 4, leaving him with multiple skull fractures and brain swelling.
Fearing that she would go to jail, McLeod let her baby lie in his crib for more than hour — and even left the apartment at one point before she called 911.
“The defendant inflicted grievous head injuries on the infant and left him to suffer for more than an hour before obtaining medical attention,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said in a statement following the sentencing.
“She will now serve time in prison for callously causing the death of this innocent child whose life had barely begun.”
The city’s Administration for Children’s Services had taken away McLeod’s three other kids in 2010 as a result of neglect and her drug use.
Just three weeks before the brutal attack that left Raymond dead, agency workers visited the synthetic-marijuana-addicted mom based on a complaint, but determined that the baby and his 19-month-old sister, Rayjasmin, were not in any danger.
The day after McLeod’s June 4 arrest, she admitted that “she loved [Rayjasmin] more and did not care much for the boy because he reminded her of the father,” according to court documents.
McLeod faces five years of post-release supervision after her prison sentence.
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