2012-11-21 / Front Page

Two-Month-Old Girl Found Dead In Elmhurst Daycare

By Liz Goff

Queens police officials are awaiting the results of tests performed by the city Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death of a 2-month-old girl who was found dead on November 17 inside a daycare center located at a dilapidated home in Elmhurst.

Police found the unconscious infant shortly before 9 a.m. on Saturday, in a daycare center located on the second floor of the home at 92-45 55th Avenue, authorities said.

Cops said Jennifer Zheng had a blanket over her head and was not breathing when she was found at about 8:45 a.m. in one of several cribs inside her babysitter’s home.

Emergency responders took the lifeless infant to Elmhurst Hospital Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival. There were no signs of trauma on the infant, police said.

It was not initially clear if the child was left in the care of a licensed daycare provider, police said. No criminality was initially expected in the baby’s death, and the city Medical Examiner has not yet determined the exact cause of death.

Police sources said the identities of the baby’s family members were not immediately known and it was unclear if the baby was related to people living in the apartment.

Police alerted the city Department of Buildings (DOB) immediately after the child’s body was found to report a “possible illegal daycare” facility operating out of the home.

DOB officials shuttered two floors of the building owned by Wai Yee Chung shortly after the baby was found dead in the crib.

Police are urging anyone with information to call the Crime Stoppers HOTLINE  at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

 

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