Mom Charged With Capital Murder
Narjes Modarresi First Reported Her Baby Son Kidnapped
POSTED: Friday, April 23, 2010
UPDATED: 11:58 am CDT April 23, 2010
HOUSTON — A mother who first said her 2-month-old son was kidnapped and then led investigators to his body has been charged with his death, police told KPRC Local 2 Friday.
Narjes Modarresi, 28, was charged with capital murder in the death of Masih Golabbakhsh.
Court documents said she “knowingly caused the death by placing the baby’s face down in mud and water.”
“The doctor performing the autopsy noted water and mud in the (baby’s) lung, stomach and airway, concluding that (the baby) was alive prior to being placed face down in the muddy water and buried,” a court official read in court.
The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the baby’s cause of death as asphyxiation.
Modarresi did not appear in magistrate court Friday morning because authorities said she is at the Woman’s County Jail undergoing a mental evaluation.
Houston police issued an Amber Alert for Masih Wednesday after his mother reported that he was snatched from his stroller in the 8000 block of Woodway Drive, near Briar Bend Park, at about 5:30 p.m.
Detectives said they questioned the mother and her story was inconsistent.
At about 2 a.m. Thursday, the mother led officers to Masih’s body, which was found in a muddy stream near where she said he was abducted, police said.
Relatives said Modarresi was from Iran and was learning to speak English. She has only been in the United States for a few years, family members said.
Her family said Modarresi was depressed and on medication.
George Parnham was hired as Modarresi’s attorney. Parnham is best known for defending Andrea Yates, 45, who drowned her five children on June 20, 2001, while she suffered from postpartum depression.
Dr. Richard Pesikoff, with the Baylor College of Medicine, said there are three levels of depression — the third level being most severe — postpartum depression with psychotic features.
“Not only are you severely depressed, but your ability to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not real is lost. At this point, you hear stories about mothers who kill their children,” Pesikoff said.
Pesikoff is not treating Modarresi.