A three-year-old girl has died after she fell unconscious “while eating snacks and watching TV”. Her babysitter has since been arrested after he drove past a nearby hospital and instead took her to one which was a two-hour drive away.
A man from New York City has been arrested after he was responsible for babysitting a three-year-old girl who fell unconscious, as he didn’t drive to the local hospital but instead diverted to one over two hours away.
According to PIX 11, Anthony Richardson brought Jaylynn Evans to the Cohen Children’s Medical Center after she had fallen unconscious and was unresponsive.
New York Police Department officers then received a call about a young child who had died. It was stated by officers that there were no signs of obvious trauma.
Reportedly, the little girl had been left under the care of Richardson by her mother. It is believed that he is the father of Jaylynn’s mum’s best friend.
Richardson had been babysitting Jaylynn and another four-year-old child at his home in the Bronx at the time of the incident, as reported by New York Daily News.
The man told officers that the three-year-old suddenly fell ill whilst she and the other child was watching television and having snacks.
Although aware that the child was unconscious, he didn’t immediately call 911 or drive her to the Lincoln Medical Center, just under a mile away from his apartment.
The authorities say that Richardson instead loaded both children into his vehicle and drove a 20-mile journey out of Bronx to Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center in Queens, a journey which would have taken hours.
When officers asked Richardson why he hadn’t taken the child to the hospital closeby, he said that he didn’t think it was good enough and thought that the child could receive better treatment elsewhere.
In some reports, it is stated that the child could have become infected with COVID-19 at the time. However, medical examiners have yet to establish a cause of death.
Following an investigation, Richardson was charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child under the age of 17.