NEWYORKPOST.COM - A 1-year-old boy staying with his aunt in Brooklyn for the Jewish new year wandered into the bathroom during the night and drowned in the toilet, cops said today.
Mendi Altman was found around 11:30 p.m. Monday by his 13-year-old sister in the second floor apartment on Eleventh Avenue in Borough Park, and he was pronounced dead at Maimonides Hospital.
"She went to the bathroom and saw him facedown in the toilet with his feet hanging over the side," a law-enforcement source said. "She screamed and pulled the kid out and other people came to help."
The Medical Examiner has ruled the death an accident — though the Administration for Children's Services is investigating a report of abuse or neglect regarding Mendi's death, a spokeswoman said.
The boy's father, who is in the Ukraine for the holiday, still hadn't been told of the tragedy last night.
"He doesn't know yet because you can't call [on the holiday.] It's so sad. It's like a horror story," said Gitty Weiss, 21, a special education teacher who lives in the building where Mendi died.
"We prayed harder today especially since such a horrible thing happened. We pray it never happens again." click here to read more