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Auburndale mom of dead infant arrested

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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2018 12:18 pm

The NYPD arrested Auburndale woman Tina Torabi, 30 around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday for assault, a day after her 1-year-old daughter, Elaina, died with severe physical trauma.

Elaina's twin brother, Keon, was also found badly injured and was rushed by emergency responders to Cohen's Long Island Jewish Hospital’s Cohen’s Children’s Center in critical condition. His sister had been pronounced dead at Flushing Hospital Medical Center.

Prior to the arrest, Torabi was in NYPD custody and being questioned.

On Wednesday around 9:50 p.m., cops responded to a call at 171-15 Ashby Ave., where the mother, the infant twins and her other kids — identified in published reports as girls between 2 and 5 years old — lived in a basement apartment.

The city Administration for Children's Services took the other three kids from the house. 

“Our top priority is protecting the safety and wellbeing of all children in New York City," ACS spokeswoman Chanel Caraway said in a statement to the Chronicle. "We are investigating this case, and we have taken action to secure the safety of the other children in this home.”

As of around 9:15 a.m. this morning, the NYPD was still at the Ashby Avenue house and yellow tape surrounded the property.

According to The New York Times, the mother had been visited by child welfare employees after doctors at the hospital where her twins were born discovered that the babies' blood contained opioids.

Torabi got married in April 2012, her Facebook page says.  

Published reports say the mother and her husband, Mohammed Torabi, are estranged. The husband had admitted to choking her, according to the Times, and an order of protection against him was issued to Tina Torabi in 2015.

Mohammed Torabi killed himself Saturday afternoon, jumping off a Manhattan hotel.

UPDATES

This story has been updated to include a statement from the Administration for Children's Services, and also, on Monday, to include the suicide of Mohammed Torabi.

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