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Police investigating suspicious death of 5-month-old baby in East Harlem

Posted at 1:39 PM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 22:21:25-05

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 5-month-old baby Friday.

Police responded to the Robert F. Wagner Houses on Second Avenue in East Harlem around 11:21 p.m.

A 5-month-old baby girl, identified as Tamiyah Davis, was found unresponsive, police said. She was transported to Harlem Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police say the mother of baby Tamiyah had just returned from Housing Court and found her not breathing while the baby’s father and two siblings were in the home.

Neighbors watched as paramedics desperately tried to save the baby’s life.

“All I heard was the baby stopped breathing,” neighbor Yesenia Baez  told PIX11.

Another neighbor, who didn't want her name used described what she saw.

“It was a very small. They were compressing, compressing and then they were rushing into the ambulance,” the neighbor said. "This is really heartbreaking because the baby was only five months old so this really hurts my heart."

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).