Haredi Baby Drowns On Rosh Hashana
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A 13-month-old boy from Monsey was pronounced dead at Maimonides Hospital last night after drowning in a toilet.
The baby, Mendi Altman, apparently fell into an open toilet at his aunt's house in Brough Park just before midnight.
Mendi was reportedly found by a 13-year-old brother (or cousin) and was taken by the family in a private car (or by Hatzolah; reports vary: NY Post, NY Daily News, Journal News) to Maimonides Hospital. He was reportedly unconscious on arrival and pronounced dead shortly afterward.
The Medical Examiner ruled Mendi Altman’s death an accidental drowning even though no autopsy was done and no thorough investigation could have been completed in such a short time.
Police reportedly said they didn’t view the boy’s death as criminal.
The boy's body was released to the family for burial early Tuesday.
The boy's father was in Uman, Ukraine at the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, when the boy died. His wife and six young children were visiting her sister, who also has young children, in a Borough Park apartment.