A 3-month-old baby girl who was found with broken bones, signs of strangulation, and other injuries died in the hospital Monday morning.
New York Daily News reports that the baby, named Sherling Camacho, died on Monday morning at 7 a.m. at the Montefiore Medical Center. Sherling had been at the center in critical condition for a week.
The baby was found unconscious at 10 a.m. last week at an apartment in the Bronx.
Jessica Cuadrado, a lawyer for Sherling’s mother, Katherine Plasencia, said that no one has been arrested in the case.
Manuel Camacho, 27, said that his daughter vomited and stopped breathing after he had been burping her. The father called 911, and attempted to revive his daughter with instructions from the operator.
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After the baby was inspected, she showed signs of strangulation, skull fractures, damage to the tissue beneath her tongue, a torn-off toenail, and numerous old and new injuries to her head, ribs and legs.
Authorities are reportedly looking into possible suspects, which include Camacho and the baby’s 5-year-old brother, who might suffer from a mental illness. Carmen De La Cruz, a neighbor of the family, says that she has never witnessed the boy acting out.
Cuadrado said that the Administration for Children’s Services didn’t give the mother enough time with her baby girl. She was allowed to see Sherling for two hours a day while the child was at the medical center and the agency would not increase the visitation time.
“I am not happy with the way ACS handled the situation. I requested that the mother be able to spend as much time as possible with the baby as we were facing a different kind of situation. It was touch and go.”
Though the lawyers had attempted to get more hours for the mother to spend with her infant, the agency was not scheduled to make a visit to the hospital until 10 a.m. on Monday morning. Cuadrado said that this was unacceptable as the agency has caseworkers that are on the job after hours.
ACS spokeswoman Carol Caceres made a statement in the wake of the child’s death.
“We are saddened by this troubling news and are investigating the circumstances leading to this child fatality, along with the NYPD.”