Father of girl drowned at Coney Island with her siblings says mom accused of killing them was no monster
The children of Erin Merdy, 30, were found unconscious near the shoreline of Coney Island Beach during a frantic overnight search early Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. - Theodore Parisienne/New York Daily News/TNS

The troubled woman accused of drowning her own children in the waters off Coney Island is no monster, said the father of one of the kids at a touching sendoff Monday. “Contrary to what happened, she was loved by her mother,” said grieving dad Shamir Small after the funeral for his 4-year-old daughter Liliana Stephen, one of three siblings killed early Sept. 12. “I don’t care what no one says, what she did was monstrous, but she herself is not a monster.” Small said he preferred to remember the way his little girl lived, and not dwell on the way she and her brothers died. Liliana perished along...