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Stepmother questioned in death of 9-year-old girl, barricaded herself in Queens home before being detained

Posted at 10:46 AM, Aug 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 17:47:27-04

SOUTH OZONE PARK, Queens – The stepmother of the 9-year-old Ashdeep Kaur who was found dead in their Richmond Hill home was taken in for questioning Saturday morning, police said.

The woman, whose family members say "didn't treat the victim right," barricaded herself inside a South Ozone Park residence prior to being apprehended by officers just after 9 p.m. Friday, according to the NYPD.

They said no weapons were involved and the woman is being detained at the 102 Precinct.

The family's terrible night began when a  neighbor tried to use the shared bathroom of the multi-family house at 112th Street in the Richmond Hill area of Queens around 6 p.m. Friday, but it was locked and eerily quiet. The neighbor called the landlord who broke into the bathroom, finding the child unresponsive. EMS pronounced the girl dead at the scene.

"I feel so bad. She is like a princess," the girl's uncle, Nankit Singh wept. "She is a princess."

The girl's family tearfully told PIX11 News the girl moved to Queens from India just three months ago and lived with her father and stepmother. Family members say they've questioned the relationship between the girl and her stepmother. Witnesses said they saw her stepmother flee the scene.

"I brought her to my house and she ... she don't like her," the girl's cousin, Dharminder Singh said. "She didn't treat her right."

A medical examiner will determine the cause of death. Police say there were no apparent signs of trauma.

PIX11 reporter Ayana Harry and digital producer Andrea Cavalier contributed to this report.