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Father wanted for questioning in daughter's death dead of apparent suicide, police say

Mohammad Torabi was found dead at the Renaissance New York Hotel 57 in midtown, police said.

NYPD at the scene Thursday where a 1-year-old

NYPD at the scene Thursday where a 1-year-old girl died and her twin brother is in critical condition after the pair were found with severe trauma inside their home in Auburndale. Photo Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

A man wanted for questioning in the death of his 1-year-old daughter and the injuries of her twin brother was found dead Saturday in midtown of an apparent suicide, police said. 

Mohammad Torabi, 31, was found on the third-floor landing of the Renaissance New York Hotel 57 on 57th Street and Lexington Avenue at about 1:15 p.m. when a housekeeper peered out of the hotel's 17th floor window, police said.

Torabi was wanted for questioning after his daughter, Elaina Torabi, died and her twin brother was found in critical condition inside their Auburndale home Wednesday night. The twins’ 30-year-old mother was charged with felony assault on the little boy, police said, and charges in the girl's death were pending the results of the autopsy.

There was no suicide note found. 

The twins have three older sisters, all younger than 6 who were not injured, according to police and reports. The city’s Administration for Children's Services has taken custody of the older sisters, a city official said.

ACS had been called to the home at least once before concerning a drug issue with the mother, but there was no documented history of physical abuse, the official said. There was, however, an order of protection against the children’s father, according to the source.


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