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Man confesses to murdering 14-year-old who said she was pregnant; autopsy reveals she was not

by | May 20, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Shaniesha Forbes

Shaniesha Forbes

From the New York Daily News

“He thought she was pregnant – so he killed her, cops say.

“The 20-year-old man accused of smothering 14-year-old Shaniesha Forbes to death, shoving her body in a suitcase and setting it aflame on a Brooklyn beach, told detectives he murdered the teen because she said she was pregnant with his child and refused to get an abortion, police sources said Thursday.

”But the teen wasn’t pregnant, the city’s medical examiner confirmed, leaving her shattered family members railing against the ‘senseless’ crime.”

According to reporter Hannington Dia, Christian Ferdinand confessed to police last Wednesday.

Shaniesha, a freshman at The Academy for Young Writers, was found dead on Gerritsen Beach on January 6, roughly three miles from her home. “She had vanished in January after leaving her Flatlands home, saying she was going to school,” Dia wrote. She had run away from home twice before she disappeared.

Christian Ferdinand

Christian Ferdinand

It was not until last month that her death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation. The city medical examiner’s office in April found that the Shaniesha’s “lungs did not contain soot, proving that she was killed before being burned on her legs, arms and hands,” Dia explained.

“Ferdinand smothered her to death in his cousin’s Nostrand Avenue apartment after she decided against abortion, officials claim,” Dia reported. “He then kept Forbes’ body in a suitcase for two days before dumping it at the beach. Ferdinand tried setting the body ablaze, but the fire extinguished before he could do so.”

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