A married Harvard-trained cardiologist has been accused of having his mistress’ baby killed after she became pregnant by another man.
Dr Vignendra Ariyarajah has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter, and assault.
He allegedly hired two people, whose names have not been released, to trap his mistress Paul Marie Raymond, 30, in a Brooklyn home and torture her for days.
The co-conspirators, a man and a woman, allegedly starved Raymond and gave her water only through a syringe on Ariyarajah’s instructions.
Sources said they induced Raymond, who was seven-and-a-half months pregnant, with fentanyl and PCP in their efforts to kill the baby boy.
Meanwhile, Ariyarajah and his wife were on a ski vacation in Montana, according to the New York Post.
Raymond suffered through a prolonged labor for four days before the baby was born alive on December 24, 2016.
The boy died hours later of an infection and lack of medical intervention, according to the autopsy report.
The child tested positive for both fentanyl and PCP.
Authorities believe that Ariyarajah was in contact with his co-conspirators throughout the horrific ordeal and instructed them to administer the drugs.
He also allegedly told the pair not to give Raymond ‘any food and to only administer juice or water through a syringe’.
On the night before her child died, Raymond briefly managed to flee the apartment.
But one of the co-conspirators followed her and forced her to return.
The next day they called 911 after realizing her condition was rapidly deteriorating. Ariyarajah allegedly forced them to cancel it, but the paramedics still showed up.
By that point Raymond had already given birth and the newborn baby boy was lying on the bed. His umbilical cord was still attached.
Raymond had chemical burns to her face and torn-off fingernails. There were also marks to her arms and legs suggesting she had been bound by a kind of rope or cord.
Ariyarajah was charged last month after one of his co-conspirators began cooperating with authorities.
The cardiologist, who supported Raymond financially, was allegedly very controlling.
When she left and became pregnant by another man, Ariyarajah pressured her to leave him, a law enforcement source told the Post.