Parents Severely Beat Children But No Charges Filed
QUEENS, NEW YORK — October 5, 2018
A mother was taken into custody after her 1-year-old daughter was found dead and her twin brother was found critically injured in their Queens home at 12 p.m.
According to the police report, they received a call shortly before the discovery at 10 p.m. about a child needing help inside a house along Ashby Avenue near Auburndale Lane, bordering the neighborhoods of Auburndale and Flushing.
Officers arrived to find 1-year-old Elaina Torabi unconscious and unresponsive with bruising, lacerations and fractures, police said. The girl was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Her twin brother was also found inside the home with bruising, lacerations, and a broken pelvis. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to police.
The twins’ older sisters, ages 2, 3 and 5, were also at the house and taken into custody by child services. They all had bruises and abrasions.
Police are questioning the children’s 30-year-old mother who lives with them in the basement of the residence.
The children's father does not live in the same residence, but police say he is still active in their lives.
The New York City Administration for Children's Services is investigating the incident.
“Our top priority is protecting the safety and wellbeing of all children in New York City. We are investigating this case, and we have taken action to secure the safety of the other children in this home,” spokeswoman Chanel Caraway said.
No charges have been filed in the case.