NEW YORK (WFLA) - The husband of the mother of five accused in the brutal beating death of a Queens toddler jumped to his death from a hotel in Manhattan Saturday, WABC-TV reports.
Mohammad Torabi, 31, was wanted for questioning after his wife, Tina Torabi allegedly killed their 13-month-old daughter Elaina and also beat the child's twin brother, leaving him in critical condition.
Authorities said Elaina was discovered not breathing and unresponsive inside the family's basement apartment in the Auburndale area of Queens on Wednesday. The baby girl suffered injuries to her skull, abdomen and pelvic area and had blisters and open lesions across her body, authorities said.
An autopsy is being conducted to determine her exact cause of death and charges involving her death are pending as authorities await the results.
Her brother Kian suffered multiple acute rib fractures, contusions on his lungs, an acute fractured pelvis, a visible healing bite mark, an acute left spiral tibia fracture and adrenal hemorrhage, according to officials. He remains in critical but stable condition in the intensive-care unit.
Tina Torabi is charged with felony assault in connection with her son's beating.
Investigators are also trying to determine whether her husband had any involvement in the infant's death.
Police say he fell to his death from the roof of the 17-story Renaissance New York Hotel on East 57th Street on Saturday. He did not leave a suicide note, but his death is being investigated as such.
WABC reports the couple was estranged. Tina was given an order of protection against Mohammed after he reportedly choked her in 2015. In 2017, Tina lost custody of all five children after the twins were born with opioids in their system, the news station reported, but they were returned to the mother in March after no evidence of drug use was found. Child welfare workers were asked to visit their home at least once to check on the mother.