2018-07-25 / Front Page

Cops Probe Newborn Death In Hotel Room

Police are awaiting a ruling of cause by the city Medical Examiner’s office as they investigate the death of a baby girl born in a Long Island City motel room on July 11th.

Cops responded to the Days Inn Hotel at 31-36 Queens Boulevard @ Van Dam Street in Long Island City at about 7:40 p.m. on July 11th, where they found a newborn baby girl, lifeless and unresponsive inside a room with her 35-year-old mother.

An FDNY EMS crew brought the baby to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where doctors were unable to save her, a fire spokesperson said.

Police believe the baby was born two months premature at about 1 a.m. on July 11th, but no one called 911 for help until that evening, an NYPD spokesperson said. It is unclear if the baby was born alive or if she was stillborn.

The unidentified mother, who has been living at the hotel since April, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center for psychiatric evaluation after she threatened to harm herself, fire officials said.

Police are continuing their investigation.

–Liz Goff

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