NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New York City man has been arrested after a toddler died in a horrible accident at her Harlem home.
Mohamed Barry, 50, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the death of 3-year-old Aissante Diallo.
According to sources, Diallo and her older sisters — ages 5 and 10 — were playing on a sofa bed inside their West 140th Street home around 6 p.m. Sunday when one of the folds came down, trapping the little girl inside, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.
Aissante was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
It appears Aissante suffocated, sources said, but investigators are awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner.
Barry is the boyfriend of the girls’ mother. He was supposed to be watching the girls at the time of the accident, but the Daily News reported Barry told police that he had stepped out of the apartment for about 10 minutes, leaving the girls unattended.
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