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The New York Post
By Alex Ginsberg
November 29, 2006 | 5:00am
Just minutes before his mom smothered him to death with a pillow, a 9-year-old Brooklyn boy begged her to “go to the doctor and get help,” according to court papers made public yesterday.
“Demom” Olivia Jnnoel, 27, interviewed by detectives in a hospital where she’d been taken after jumping in front of a subway train, told detectives about the last conversation she had with her son, Kanil, on Nov. 13, the papers say.
Following morning prayers in the family home on Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights, Jnnoel’s fiancé left for work, and mother and son lay in front of the TV, discussing the nightmares they’d each had.
“Kanil tells her that he had a bad dream last night,” the papers say. “Being on the Empire State Building and flying. Her son mentioned going to hell . .
“She then decided that if she was going to kill herself, she was going to take her son with her. That’s when Kanil told his mother, ‘Mom, you need to go to the doctor and get help.’ ”
The chilling confession was made public following Jnnoel’s arraignment yesterday in the psychiatric ward at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens.
An indictment unsealed yesterday charges Jnnoel with murder, manslaughter and child endangerment for suffocating the boy just a day after his ninth birthday.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said after the murder that the woman told investigators that “demons overtook her” – although that was not mentioned in the court papers.
The first interviews with Jnnoel took place at Lutheran Hospital, where she was being treated for injuries sustained when she leaped in front of an F train in Coney Island. “I killed my son,” Jnnoel allegedly told them. “I have no conscience.”
After finding the boy’s body inside the family house, detectives questioned Jnnoel further.
She allegedly told them she’d been under treatment for depression for six months, seeking relief from thoughts of suicide by taking Ambien, Prozac and Neurontin, which is used to treat nerve pain and seizures.
But on the night of Nov. 12, the Prozac bottle was empty, and Jnnoel’s sleep was plagued by dreams.
“She awoke with these horrible thoughts in her head to hurt herself and could not stop thinking about it,” according to the court papers.
Jnnoel faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.
Her lawyer, Jonathan Sims, yesterday requested a mental evaluation. If she’s found unfit for trial, she could face an indeterminate period in a psychiatric institution.