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Mom pleads to killing infant daughter

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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 3:10 pm

Auburndale resident Tina Torabi, 30, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Thursday afternoon for killing her 13-month-old daughter and assaulting the infant's twin brother in October 2018.

The Queens District Attorney's Office said the mother is expected to be sentenced on May 30 to four to 12 years in prison for the manslaughter charge and eight and a half years for the assault. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Torabi had been arrested and charged in October for the attack on Kian, the boy. Before taking her plea on Thursday, she'd been arrested and charged again earlier in the day, this time for the death of Elaina, the girl.

The medical examiner had ruled the death a homicide and concluded that "fatal child abuse syndrome" caused it.

Torabi called 911 on the night of Oct. 3 to get help for Elaina. EMS workers rushed the mother and the baby to Flushing Hospital Medical Center, where Elaina was pronounced dead.

Other first responders who stayed at the scene found Kian horrifically injured. He and his three other sisters — ages 5, 4 and 2 — were left alone in the Ashby Avenue basement apartment, which the District Attorney's Office said had "deplorable, filthy and unsanitary conditions." 

The four children — whom the city ultimately took away from Torabi — were rushed to Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

The 13-month-old boy was treated for a healing bite mark, an adrenal hemorrhage, contusions on his lungs, multiple acute rib fractures, an acute left spiral tibia fracture and an acute fractured pelvis.

Before her daughter's death, Torabi had been visited by child welfare employees because opioids were discovered in her twins' blood at the hospital they were born in, according to The New York Times.

Her estranged husband, Mohammad, committed suicide by jumping from a Manhattan hotel two days after Elaina's death in October. Reports said that he had admitted to choking his wife and that she had an order of protection issued against him in 2015. They married in 2012.

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