The father of a 1-year-old girl who died after nearly drowning in the family's bathtub has been charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, the NYPD said Saturday.
Daniel Castillano, 23, was also charged with acting in a manner injuring a child under 17. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.
At the time of the incident May 7, neighbor Daisy Moran told NBC 4 New York that she realized something was wrong when she saw water leaking into her downstairs apartment on Selwyn Avenue in the Bronx.
"All of a sudden I see water coming down, like a waterfall, a lot of water," she said.
She called the building superintendent and sent her son upstairs to find out what was happening.
"They told him there's water coming into the apartment below. He said, 'Really? Let me go check,'" said Moran.
"The next thing you know, he started screaming and saying, 'Help me, the baby!'" she said.
Another neighbor who lives next door said she saw the father racing out of the building with his daughter in his arms.
"He was running down the stairs," and the baby appeared "black and blue," Mily Davila said at the time.
According to Davila, Castillano said he'd briefly stepped away to go to the kitchen and left the girl and her 3-year-old brother in the bathroom.
"They never leave the baby alone," said Davila. "He's a good father, good people."