Child dies after caretaker bypasses nearest hospital, driving for over an hour with unresponsive 3-year-old girl

A 3-year-old child died in New York on Thursday after her caretaker drove an hour-and-a-half to a hospital he believed would provide her with better treatment than medical facilities in closer proximity.

As the New York Post reports, Anthony Richardson, a friend of the child’s family, was caring for  3-year-old Jaylynn Evans at his Mott Haven home on Thursday when she suddenly lost consciousness. It is unclear what precipitated the medical crisis. At the time Jaylynn became unconscious, she was reportedly watching television and eating a snack with a 4-year-old child in the home.

According to the report, Richardson chose to take the girl to a hospital in Queens, an hour-and-a-half drive from his Bronx neighborhood. Citing police sources, the New York Post reports that Richardson told investigators that he felt the children’s hospital in a neighboring borough was best equipped to treat the child.

Jaylynn was pronounced dead after her arrival to the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Glen Oaks, Queens.

Richardson was arrested on a charge of acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17.

According to the report. a medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the child’s cause of death.

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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