'My baby's not breathing': 911 call of mother accused in disabled teen's death
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 6:42PM EST
The 911 call made by a mother accused in the death of her disabled daughter was played in court on the second day of the woman's trial.
Cindy Ann Sherry Ali has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Cynara Ali, nearly five years ago.
Ali was arrested when police were called to a townhouse in Toronto's Malvern neighbourhood on Feb. 19, 2011. When they arrived, they found the teen unconscious and not breathing.
The teen girl, who had cerebral palsy, was taken to hospital and died the next day. Her cause of death has never been released.
Ali has pleaded not guilty in the death, and told police at the time that her daughter had been injured during a home invasion.
The courtroom heard Ali's call to 911 on Friday, where she described the invasion and her daughter's condition.
The call was made on the 19th, shortly after 11:30 a.m.
"Please, could you hurry?" Ali asked the dispatcher.
"Somebody just broke in."
Ali can be heard hyperventilating, before telling the dispatcher, "I did everything. My baby's not breathing."
She told the dispatcher that someone had broken into her home, but she didn't know who that person was.
Two minutes later, firefighters arrived at the scene. The firefighters can be heard in the background of the call.
"There's no other footprints, so there's no one that's come in here," a man's voice says, telling Ali to get up off the floor.
Police found broken glass in the entry of the home. A table was overturned, and drawers had been opened, though it appeared that the contents were untouched, officers said.
As emergency crews worked to save her daughter's life, Ali sat on the couch with a blank stare, one of the paramedics told court. She did not answer questions.
"Most of my experience with moms… They're hysterical and we have to pull them away from the child. This seemed unusual to me," paramedic Sohail Bastani recalled in court.
Ali later told police that the alleged invaders were masked men in suits, who had Jamaican accents.
The Crown said in one account, Ali told police she saw a man holding a pillow near her daughter. Another time, she told police he had a pillow over her face.
The Crown claims that Ali laid her daughter on the couch and suffocated her with a pillow.
With a report from CTV Toronto's Tamara Cherry