Friday, March 30, 2012

Child drowns after babysitter leaves her alone in tub of Brooklyn apartment.

A 5-year-old girl died at Brookdale University Hospital Thursday night after she slipped underwater and drowned while taking a bath.

A 5-year-old girl slipped underwater and died after her babysitter left her alone in the tub of a Broooklyn apartment Thursday night, police said.

The child, whose name was not immediately released, was discovered by the 25-year-old man who was babysitting her, cops said.

He left the girl alone in the tub in the third-floor apartment on Hull St. near Saratoga Ave. in Brownsville and returned sometime later when he saw her beneath the water, cops said.

A 911 call was made at 7:19 p.m. for the unconscious child, the FDNY said. She was taken to Brookdale University Hospital, where she died within the hour, police sources said.

The babysitter was being questioned at the 81st Precinct stationhouse after the girl's death.

A doctor at the hospital noticed bruising on the child, but noted that it may have been a result of attempts to resuscitate her, one police source said.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, officials said.

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