Philly mother charged with beating her 5-month-old to death

Kristen Johanson
September 09, 2019 - 4:55 pm
Nadirah Al-Kaabah

Philadelphia Police Department

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia mother has been charged with killing her 5-month-old baby over the weekend. 

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Police say 35-year-old Nadirah Al-Kaabah admitted to beating her infant son to death with a remote control and a musical toy.

Homicide Capt. Jason Smith said someone in the Nicetown-Tioga home, located on Erie Avenue near 17th Street, called officers Saturday night because the child wasn’t responsive.

"Al-Kaabah was transported to the Special Victims Unit," Smith said, "and after being advised of her legal rights, she admitted to beating her child with objects inside the bedroom."

The baby, Nyeem Kitchen, was confirmed dead. Sources say the baby also had some older bruises.

Smith did not say whether Child Protective Services had visited the home before, or if Al-Kaabah had other children. He did confirm, however, that she has a record, including arson and criminal mischief convictions.

Al-Kaabah has been charged with murder and endangering the welfare of children. Her preliminary hearing is set for the end of the month.