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Queens girl strangled: Stepmom, her ex-husband charged in 9-year-old’s death

Posted at 10:53 AM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 13:03:04-04

RICHMOND HILL, Queens — The ex-husband of a Queens woman who allegedly strangled her 9-year-old stepdaughter to death this past weekend is being charged in relation to the incident.

Raymond Narayan, 65, has been charged with obstructing governmental administration, the Queens District Attorney's Office said Sunday.

The allegation comes after Shamdai Arjun was charged with second-degree murder in the strangulation death of her Ashdeep Kaur.

Kaur was found dead about 5:30 p.m. Friday in the shared bathroom of Arjun's Richmond Hill home, allegedly by a neighbor who noticed the room was locked and had a light on since 11 a.m.

The neighbor contacted the girl's father, who asked that the bathroom be broken in to.

After the girl's body was found, Arjun allegedly barricaded herself inside Narayan's South Ozone Park residence.

Narayan allegedly refused to leave his residence and kept officers from coming inside for over an hour, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Narayan later opened the door and both he and Arjun were apprehended, according to Brown.

"This is a horrifying case of a child, a defenseless 9-year-old, who was left in the care of her stepmother who allegedly strangled her to death. Her actions, if true, are beyond comprehension and must be severely punished," Brown said in a news release.