Mother of girl who died in Brooklyn apartment fire arrested, cops say

Posted at 2:45 AM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 16:20:26-05

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn – A woman was arrested after allegedly leaving her 2-year-old daughter unattended at home during a fire that ravaged their apartment building, killing the toddler.

Kaleenah Muldrow

Kaleenah Muldrow

Leila Aquino, 20, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment, NYPD said late Tuesday.

The fire broke out at 6:50 a.m. but Kaleenah Muldrow's lifeless body was not found by investigators until 9:43 a.m. Tuesday inside the apartment at 755 Monroe Street.

There were initially no reported injuries but at about 9:30 a.m., Aquino said her daughter was inside the apartment during the fire, according to NYPD.

Firefighters returned to conduct a secondary search and that’s when young Muldrow was found lifeless underneath a bed, police said.

The mother reportedly told police she left her baby in the care of a babysitter, but did not know the sitter's name.

Meanwhile, the rest of Kaleenah Muldrow's family is mourning her death, and trying to figure out how this happened.

"It's like a nightmare," said Kason Muldrow, the toddler's father.

FDNY said it is investigating why  firefighters did not locate the toddler during their two initial searches of the building. 

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.