A 5-month-old boy who was found dead after his mother jumped to her death from a Market Place parking garage last month died by asphyxiation, Baltimore police said Wednesday.

The Office of the Medical Examiner has ruled the case a homicide, but would not elaborate on the cause of death.


On June 23, police were called to the parking garage at 55 Market Place for a report of a woman who jumped off the eighth level, police said.

At the scene, officers were approached by the woman's husband who said he had received text messages from his wife indicating that "the baby is dead in the car" and her intention to take her own life, according to a police report.

The woman, Sahar Pourrajabi, 33, was pronounced deceased at the scene, police said. Her baby, Sina Masoodi, was found unresponsive, lying in the back seat of a parked BMW in the garage, according to the police report.

An officer performed CPR on the infant before he was transported to Johns Hopkins hospital, but he was pronounced dead soon after, according to the police report. A Hopkins doctor "advised that there were no visible signs of injury," the report said.

Police said the case has been closed "by exception" because the suspect is deceased.

According to the police report, Pourrajabi's husband told police that his wife had been suffering from postpartum depression and had been taking medication for it.

Pourrajabi had been working at Timonium Children's Center from September 2013 until December 2014, the month before her first and only child was born, according to Fatemeh Falahi, owner and director of the center.

Falahi said the news of the deaths was "a shock to all of us."

"She was so excited that she was going to have a baby," Falahi said.