November 24, 1987 |
Lawyer Joel Steinberg pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of beating to death the 6-year-old girl known as Lisa Steinberg, whom he claimed to have adopted. His common-law wife, Hedda Nussbaum, also has been charged and awaits a hearing. Authorities believe she too was battered by Steinberg.
May 19, 1989 |
Hedda Nussbaum, the battered woman who testified against Joel Steinberg in the death of their illegally adopted 6-year-old daughter, Lisa, has been released from a psychiatric hospital and moved to an apartment. One of Nussbaum's lawyers, Betty Levinson, was quoted in Thursday's Daily News as saying Nussbaum had been discharged from Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital in Katonah several weeks ago. Steinberg, Nussbaum's former live-in lover, was convicted earlier this year of manslaughter and sentenced to up to 25 years in prison in Lisa's death.
May 18, 1989 |
Hedda Nussbaum, the battered woman who testified against Joel Steinberg in the death of their illegally adopted 6-year-old daughter, has been released from a psychiatric hospital and has moved to an apartment. One of Nussbaum's lawyers, Betty Levinson, was quoted in today's Daily News as saying Nussbaum was discharged from Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital in Katonah several weeks ago and now is in outpatient therapy. Nussbaum, a former children's book editor, is on disability insurance until she finds a job, Levinson said.
December 6, 1988
Joel Steinberg, apparently in response to damaging testimony in New York by his former lover about the violence that marked their lives, sought to switch his plea to innocent by reason of insanity in the death of the 6-year-old girl they raised. The surprise request was tentatively denied, but the judge said Steinberg's attorneys could resubmit it. The request followed Hedda Nussbaum's emotional testimony last week about Lisa Steinberg's final hours.
December 16, 1988 |
Lawyers for accused child killer Joel Steinberg dropped plans today to use an insanity defense that would require him to be examined by a prosecution psychiatrist. Steinberg's attorneys told acting state Supreme Court Justice Harold Rothwax that they would not move forward with that formal defense. "It would poison the jury's mind as to Joel," Steinberg attorney Ira London told reporters outside the courtroom.
November 25, 1987 |
The call to police and emergency services Nov. 2 reported a child having difficulty breathing. But when officers and technicians arrived at the Greenwich Village apartment, in a building where Mark Twain once lived, they found an infant boy tethered to a chair, covered with dirt and soaking in his own urine. Blood was spattered on the walls and on the single mattress the family apparently shared. On the kitchen floor lay a naked 6-year-old girl.