CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (WABC) — Three children have died after being found unconscious on a Coney Island beach Monday morning – and their mother is now being questioned by police about what could be an attempted drowning.
Officers first received a call around 1:40 a.m. from a concerned relative that someone may have injured three small children.
When officers arrived at the house on Neptune Avenue, a man who identified himself as the father of the three children opened the door and told police he thought the mother was with the children on the boardwalk.
Police then began searching the boardwalk and surrounding area for any sign of the mother or children.
Then they got a second call from relatives who were on the boardwalk with the mother.
The 30-year-old woman was “wet” and barefoot and did not want to communicate with officers, according to NYPD officials.
She was taken to the hospital for examination and is currently in the 60th Precinct where officers are questioning her.
At 4:42 a.m., officers found a 7-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl and a 3-and-a-half-year-old girl unconscious on the shoreline near West 35th Street, about two miles from where their mother was found on the boardwalk.
They were rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where all three were pronounced dead.
Researchers are now questioning the mother in what is being investigated as a triple drowning.
Relatives initially called 911 because the mother had made statements that worried them about the safety of the children.
Police say there is no evidence of a history of abuse or neglect.
Police are asking anyone who saw the mother and children to call last night or early this morning.
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