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The teen brother of the slain 7-year-old in the Bronx allegedly admitted that he assaulted his sister before she was found dead in their apartment, police sources said Wednesday.
The tragic girl’s lifeless body — with evidence of trauma all over — was found Tuesday morning, but the girl’s mom told cops she fell and hit her head on a desk, sources said at the time.
The girl’s 17-year-old brother later admitted during questioning that he had punched his sister eight times in the face when their mother went to the store around 5 a.m., police sources said.
Hours later, the girl started throwing up and passed out, prompting the 35-year-old mom to call 911.
The girl was rushed to Lincoln Hospital but could not be saved.
Cops have been called to the apartment in NYCHA’s Mitchel Houses on Alexander Avenue six times over the past three years, according to sources, who said that on at least one of those occasions, the mother covered for the teen boy.
The last call came in March 2020, sources said.
In one of the assaults, the teen told cops his mom lied to the Administration for Children’s Services when they showed up at their home and questioned the 7-year-old’s black eye, sources said.
The mom allegedly told officials with the agency that a younger sibling hit the girl with a toy gun by accident, according to sources.
The mother denied knowing of her son attacking his younger sister, the sources said.
“Those kids shouldn’t have been living in that house,” a high-ranking police source railed on Wednesday.
Police and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office were awaiting the autopsy results Wednesday before filing any charges, the sources added.
Neighbors in the building said the mom had three children — the 7-year-old girl, the 17-year-old boy and another boy around 3 years old.
“There ain’t no way no baby fell and hit her head on the desk,” said Michael Roberts, 31, who lives on the same floor as the family. “That’s bulls–t.”
A small memorial was set up for the girl inside the building — with a stuffed Minnie Mouse doll, flowers and three prayer candles.
A spokesman for ACS declined to provide specifics on the outcome of the visits.
“Our top priority is protecting the safety and wellbeing of all children in New York City,” the spokesman said. “We are investigating this case with the NYPD.”
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