Eight-month-old baby dies in hospital days after almost drowning when her mother left her unattended in a running bath as case is ruled a homicide
- Amelie Belle Perez was found dace down by her mother Emily Ramirez in their the bath of their Bronx apartment on July 3
- The toddler was rushed to hospital, but passed away twelve days later
- Ramirez says she left her daughter in the tub with the water running for ‘a few minutes’
- The case has now been declared a homicide, but no arrests have been made
The death of an eight-month-old baby who was left unattended in a running bath has been ruled a homicide.
Officials revealed the news on Tuesday, eight days after little Amelie Belle Perez passed away in a New York hospital.
The toddler spent nearly two weeks in an intensive care unit after her mother, Emily Ramirez, left her in the tub at their housing project apartment in The Bronx on July 3.
Amelie Belle Perez passed away in a New York hospital on July 15 – twelve days after her mother left her unattended in a running bath
Ramirez called 911 after finding her daughter face down in the tub. She has been interviewed by police, but has not been charged
A shaken Ramirez, 23, called 911 on that date after finding her baby daughter face down in the bath.
She told police she had left Amelie in the tub with the water running ‘for a few minutes’, according to The New York Daily News.
Emergency services arrived to find that Amelie still had a pulse, and she was quickly rushed to hospital.
However, despite the best efforts of doctors, she died in hospital on July 15.
Emergency services descended on Ramirez’s project home in The Bronx (pictured)
The NYPD Special Victims Child Abuse Squad is currently investigating.
Detectives have spoken with Ramirez about the classified homicide, but no arrests has been made.
Ramirez posted a photo of baby Amelie to her Facebook page a week after she was discovered in the tub.
‘God has truly blessed me,’ she wrote beneath the image.
The toddler spent nearly two weeks in an intensive care unit before she died on July 15