State Law Says Murdered Officer's Daughter Not Entitled To Benefits

New York state law doesn't recognize a fallen officer's child conceived through in vitro after his line of duty death.

New York, NY – The daughter of a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer born three years after her father was murdered in the line of duty is not eligible for her father’s survivor benefits because she was conceived using in vitro fertilization months after her daddy died.

NYPD Detective Wenjian Liu was 32 years old when he was assassinated with NYPD Detective Rafael Ramos, as they sat in their police cruiser on December 20, 2014.

Detectives Liu and Ramos were gunned down by a crazed shooter who took the bus from Baltimore to New York City with the express goal of murdering police officers, WPIX reported.

The gunman wanted to murder officers as revenge based on the belief that police officers were racist killers of black men.

Det. Liu had been married only three months to Pei Xia Liu at the time of his murder, according to the New York Post.

After Det. Liu was shot, he was transported to a Brooklyn hospital, and doctors asked his wife if she wanted his semen preserved. After somebody dies, there is generally a 24 hour period when their sperm can be collected and frozen.

The newlywed widow said yes, and in 2016 became pregnant with her deceased husband’s child using in vitro fertilization on her first attempt.

Baby Angelina was born on July 25, 2017, almost three years after her father was murdered in the line of duty.

“She’s a miracle because of science,” Pei Xia Liu told WPIX. “We always wanted to raise and have a family. And [Wenjian] was the only child!”

The single mother said that other “line of duty” widows she had become close to told her that Angelina should be eligible for Det. Liu’s survivor benefits.

However, when she applied to Social Security, Angelina was turned down, WPIX reported.

“Angelina Liu is not entitled to child’s benefits because the facts we have do not show that she meets the definition of child under state or federal law,” read the letter from Social Security.

The problem is that New York’s inheritance law makes no allowance for children conceived after a parent’s death and federal law defers to state law, the New York Post reported.

Under New York law, the couple’s daughter is not considered “biological” because Det. Liu didn’t consent to the use of his sperm in front of two witnesses and no such statement to the fact of his consent was filed with the Surrogate Court within seven months of his murder.

“With a death so sudden and unexpected, there was no opportunity for the Liu family to meet any of the other requirements in the statute,” Brooklyn State Senator Andrew Gounardes told the New York Post.

Detective Liu and Detective Ramos were both promoted to detective posthumously. Detective Liu was the first Asian-American member of NYPD to be killed in the line of duty.

Gounardes said archaic New York state law was the problem, WPIX reported.

“In this case, state law is just woefully out of date,” he said.

Gounardes explained the problem to WPIX.

“This would be okay if he [Wenjian Liu] had signed a consent form seven months before he passed away,” the state senator said. “There was no way to anticipate a situation like this. When an officer is shot down in the line of duty, and we have so few precious minutes to stabilize him or extract reproductive materials, the law doesn’t deal with this situation adequately.”

He said that he will work to change the state law so that if a spouse proves she was married, the child resulting from that union would be “entitled to the full array of benefits under Social Security” even if the baby was conceived after the death of her father, according to WPIX.

“She needs to be respected and acknowledged,” Pei Xia Liu said of her daughter.

Her state senator agreed.

“Families like a Detective Liu’s who suffer a terrible unexpected loss should not be prevented from receiving what is theirs because of antiquated laws,’’ Gounardes told the New York Post. “Assisted reproductive technology after one partner dies is now a true option for families that deal with tragedy, including first responders in the line of duty.’’

“If this bill passes, my daughter would have a better life,” Pei Xia Liu said. “I am incredibly hopeful that my husband Wenjian Liu’s very own miracle baby, Angelina Liu, will be treated like all other line-of-duty children.’’

Gounardes has proposed to change the law to include the presumption that a posthumously-conceived child is a biological product of the dead parent as long as the second parent is the surviving spouse of the one who has died, the New York Post reported.

“Allowing Detective Liu’s widow and child to receive Social Security benefits is the very least we can do to honor his service and the tremendous sacrifice he made on the night of Dec. 20, 2014,” the state senator said.

Det. Liu’s widow is very grateful for Gounardes assistance.

“We need to pass this legislation not just for me but for all line of duty widows who wish to raise their husbands’ children and have the family their loved ones always wanted,” Pei Xia Liu told the New York Post.

Comments (44)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Hmmmm. The law is treating the policeman the way it treats any other deceased person. Popo's ain't goan like this!

Justretired
Justretired

Again, you are so full of shit boogers. Keep what's in that little underdeveloped mind of yours to yourself please.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Interesting..... While normally I would say all children of the deceased should receive benefits, when the child wasn't even in existence when the murder happened, it's tough to justify awarding survivor benefits.

Similarly, if the child was conceived via in vitro 5 years after the officer was murdered, should that child be entitled to survivor benefits?

Semper_Fidelis
Semper_Fidelis

His brothers (other Police Officers) will take care of his child. In his memory. Now this is not saying she can have 10-20 kids. Thst being said a few children in his memory is ok.....

JohnWick
JohnWick

Make Barry Ferguson Obama pay, he killed the father. May him and his husband die slow painful deaths.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Man, that’s a complicated scenario right there. Law, ethics, precedent, compensation....a whole mess of what it is, mixed with emotion, grief and regulations. Combined with my hatred of cop killers; I couldn’t look at that little sweetheart in the photo and deny her anything. I’m just not equipped to prioritise protocol over a fatherless infant.

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

As sorry as I am for the mother and the child, this is a sad example of a consequence for manipulating nature.

tfort
tfort

The law is the law.... if you don't like it then run for office and have it changed. Can you imagine what Pat Lynch would do if Akai Gurley had any "further" children and the court lets them sue the NYPD for his "manslaughter" by the NYPD?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

This is a tough situation, and I'm sure it's happened plenty of times before. But the law stands.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

NO NO NO! You do not get to IMPREGNATE YOURSELF after the man is DEAD and call it HIS CHILD and DEMAND the tax payers support it. NO NO NO! What a CUNT!

Algonquin1
Algonquin1

The contract of marriage between couples infers the right to have children without respect to time of death vs pregnancy. The surviving spouse by contract and inherent right to produce a child or children and the state by contract of marriage already has recognized that by contract with no exclusions and death is never mentioned in that contract and thereby defaults to the surviving parent to fulfill the rights inferred under that contract irrespective of date of pregnancy.

Aramovich
Aramovich

Hey, Gov. Cuomo. Help these people!

NomonK
NomonK

As honorable as it is for this woman to get pregnant after the death of her husband, I'll have to agree with the state. She made this decision alone and will have to seek support in some other way. Let's say she won the benefits. She decided to have more babies with his sperm, where would the magical number be to stop. All benefit Claims must stop with those that are alive at the time of his death. If she were pregnant at that time, the child was alive just not born.

BanditOne
BanditOne

I have to say, being full blue blooded, I almost have to agree with the state on this one. Of course is a tragedy what had happen but for the moon to go out 3(?) years after her husband's death seems a little out there as far as dependants receiving benifits. Allowing this could open a whole can of worms, not only in law enforcement but military, social services, etc., I can just see it becoming a mess unless it's mandated for LEO only but liberal Hell Holes like N.Y. and Ca would never let that happen.

CJG55
CJG55

I think that if a new law in made there should be limitations like a child should be conceived with in a year not 4 or 5 because this could open a huge can of worms and I'm sorry to say but it should state that only one pregnancy to stop someone from having to many children that they would not be able to care for without the benefits, it shouldn't be their only form of income. And who's to say that the person that was killed wanted a child in the first place. Sorry but that how I feel and you don't have to agree with me.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

This child is every bit her father's biological daughter. The senator admitted that the law was antiquated, so change it, and grandfather her in. The Senate would if it were one of their own! And besides, I'm sorry, having LEO's in my family, I'm very pro-police and with everything they've been suffering through lately, I see no reason why we can't start giving them the breaks they've all earned.

PapaSmuf73
PapaSmuf73

It is simple but complicate I admit. The bottom line is she is owed the benefits. The law is outdated and needs to be changed. He paid the ultimate price and not only should she receive the benefits there should be a state provision to provide a$50,000.00 death benefit for the wife as well.