Brooklyn Mother Investigated in Death of Twin Toddler: Officials

By Melissa Russo and AP
|  Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014  |  Updated 7:28 PM EDT
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Mom Investigated in Death of Toddler: Officials

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Police investigating the death of a twin toddler in Brooklyn are looking into whether the baby's mother caused some sort of trauma to his body that went untreated, officials say. 

Emergency responders were called to a Sheepshead Bay home on Bragg Street early last Thursday morning for a sick child, according to police. The 2-year-old baby was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he died. 

The toddler, identified as Jayden Smith, is a twin, according to police. Jayden's sibling has been placed in foster care. 

Investigators are looking into whether Jayden's 19-year-old mother may have pushed him into a couch that had a metal bar, possibly causing abdominal trauma that went untreated, according to officials. 

The city's Administration for Children's Services was aware of the family because the teen mother herself had been placed in foster care after her own mother had a heart attack, officials said.

Police are still investigating two separate toddler deaths in Queens last week. One mother has been arrested in the alleged beating death of a 2-year-old girl.

The death of a 4-year-old New York City boy last month who prosecutors say was found tortured and beaten by the girlfriend of the boy's jailed father spurred Mayor Bill de Blasio to order ACS to review the case and its policies.

That review found case workers missed possible signs that Myls Dobson was at risk earlier in his life, including the fact his father was in jail while he had custody of him from September 2012 to February 2013, officials said after a review.

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