Friday, September 22, 2006

More Fun With Minorities...

Police: Harlem baby dies after falling into bucket of mom's vomit

NEW YORK (AP) -- "A teenage mother was arrested Thursday after police said her 3-month-old daughter fell into a bucket of vomit and died.

Savarin Dejesus, 18, left the child with a baby sitter at an East Harlem group home where she was living and then headed out for a night of partying Sept. 15, police said. When she returned, she went to her room, set a bucket next to her bed in case she became sick and fell asleep with the baby, Niah Ford, in her arms, they said.

Dejesus vomited in the bucket that night, and later Niah tumbled out of her arms and landed in the bucket, police said. Dejesus didn't discover what had happened to Niah until the next afternoon, they said.

Niah was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. It appeared she had drowned in the bucket, which was filled with water and vomit, police said.

Dejesus was charged with criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a child. She was in police custody late Thursday.

A woman who answered the telephone Thursday at the family shelter where Dejesus was staying, the Fox House, declined to comment on the baby's death."

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