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Queens Mother Convicted of Drowning 2-Year-Old Daughter By Holding Head Underwater

A jury on Tuesday found 27-year-old Lin Li, of Sunset Park, guilty of manslaughter in the death of Melody Zheng

What to Know

  • A Queens woman has been convicted of drowning her 2-year-old daughter in 2016 by holding her head under water
  • A jury on Tuesday found 27-year-old Lin Li, of Sunset Park, guilty of manslaughter in the death of Melody Zheng
  • Zheng faces up to 25 years in prison when she is sentenced June 24

A Queens woman has been convicted of drowning her 2-year-old daughter in 2016 by holding her head under water.

A jury on Tuesday found 27-year-old Lin Li, of Sunset Park, guilty of manslaughter in the death of Melody Zheng.

Prosecutors say Li took Zheng into a bathroom to punish her by putting her head in a storage container filled with water and holding her under until she stopped struggling. She later called 911.

Pheng's father performed CPR on her until police officers arrived at their 47th Street home, according to police.

Emergency responders rushed the unresponsive girl to Maimonides Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Li was also convicted of attempted assault for holding her 4-year-old son's head under water a day earlier.

Zheng faces up to 25 years in prison when she is sentenced June 24.

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