Brooklyn mother charged with murder after 4-year-old’s death ruled a homicide

The death of a 4-year-old boy in Brownsville has been ruled a homicide by the city's medical examiner after police say his 26-year-old mother confessed to beating him to death with a broomstick.



Zarah Coombs, of Brooklyn, is now facing murder charges.



Her son, Zamair Coombs, was found unconscious in a makeshift bathtub Wednesday night at an apartment at 121 Riverdale Ave. around 9 p.m.



Police sources say Coombs initially told them her son fell out of a tub and hit his head.



Sources say Coombs eventually admitted to suffering from postpartum depression and that she beat her son with a broom handle after allegedly losing her cool.



Coombs told authorities she was trying to feed her youngest child, but Zamair kept bothering her. The final breaking point was when the young boy dropped an egg on the floor.



Police say the child was unresponsive and appeared to have significant bruising and swelling to his head and body.



The boy was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.



Coombs has three other children, ages 9, 2 and six months, and reportedly worked at a day care facility in the past.



Two of her children are in custody of the Administration for Child Services. Her oldest child is in the custody of another family member.



Coombs has been charged with murder, manslaughter, criminal possession of a weapon and acting in a manner injurious to a child.



Coombs told authorities she was trying to feed her youngest child, but Zamair kept bothering her. The final breaking point was when the young boy dropped an egg on the floor.


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