NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A woman was charged with murder Tuesday in the drowning death of a 2-year-old Brooklyn girl over the weekend.
Lin Li, 24, was charged with murder, manslaughter, and acting in a manner injurious to a child, police said.READ MORE: Annual Juneteenth Festival In Bedford-Stuyvesant Takes On New Meaning In 2021
Officers found Melody Pheng unconscious and unresponsive in her family’s home at 652 47th St. in Sunset Park just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The Associated Press reported that Li was Melody’s mother.
She was taken to Maimonides Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.READ MORE: Georgia Man Arrested For 2020 Rape Of Woman Who Was Dragged Into Queens Alley
“The cause of death is drowning. The manner of death is homicide,” said New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson.
Prior to the medical examiner’s ruling, the NYPD had said it was investigating the death as a child abuse case.
NYPD Assistant Chief Pat Conry said Monday there is no history of prior child abuse reports at the residence.MORE NEWS: NYPD: 24-Year-Old Driver Struck, Seriously Hurt Woman During Brooklyn Carjacking
A 4-year-old child at the home has been removed into the custody of child protective services, Conroy said.