BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — A mother who allegedly went to party and left her 2-year-old daughter home alone during a fire that claimed the child's life was previously being investigated by Administration for Children's Services.
Police said 20-year-old Leila Aquino was arrested Tuesday on charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the death of 2-year-old Kaleenah Muldrow.
Police say Aquino left her toddler home alone, while she ditched work at CityScapes Strip club and went to party with her new boyfriend.
Muldrow was killed in a fire at their Monroe Street home.
Her body wasn't found by fire crews until two and half hours after their initial search when Aquino came home looking for her daughter, according to NYPD.
ACS confirms they are looking into the circumstances leading up to the child's death, but could not say how many times they visited the home.
Joe Muldrow is the baby's great-grandfather and owns the building at 755 Monroe St. He was home at the time of the fire and reported hearing a loud bang in the apartment above him, where his great- granddaughter lived.
Sadly, Muldrow said he didn't know his great-granddaughter was home alone when the fire broke out.
An autopsy on the toddler is pending.