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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Queens mom grieves for daughter who died from suspected abuse

The distraught mom of three-year-old Bella Edwards — who died Monday — said she would miss the little girl’s hugs and kisses.
The Queens mom paid tribute to her toddler on social media as police decide whether to file child abuse charges against her.
“I'm so sorry I wasn't (there) to protect you,” Shamika Gonzalez said in an emotional Facebook post Tuesday morning.
“This feels like a bad dream I cant wake up from,” she wrote.
A frantic 911 call around 6 p.m. Monday brought cops to Gonzalez’s Rockaways apartment, where officers frantically tried to revive the unconscious three-year-old toddler.
Cops rushed Bella from the family’s Beach 105th St. apartment near Shore Front Parkway to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, where she died, police said. 
The girl showed signs of trauma consistent with abuse, sources said. The NYPD Special Victims Unit will investigate her death.
Gonzalez was questioned by police overnight, along with the man that police found performing CPR on the child when officers arrived. Cops said he was the only adult in the apartment.
Bella Edwards, 3,  may have been the victim of child abuse.(COURTESY SHAMIKA GONZALEZ)
Police said the man — believed to be Gonzalez’s boyfriend — was the only adult in the apartment.
Neighbor Laura Cabrera, 36, told reporters that she had just seen Bella on Easter Sunday. Gonzalez’s boyfriend was holding her hand.
“I just told (Bella) how beautiful she was,” Cabrera said, crying, as she recalled the happy memory. “She said thank you in the sweetest little voice. She was such a beautiful kid. You focused on her.”
“He was with her,” Cabrera said of the boyfriend. “It was unremarkable. He held her hand in the elevator. Nothing to make you turn your head. They were all a stunning family.”
Cops were unable to elaborate on the nature of the abuse or how long it may have been happening, pending autopsy results from the Medical Examiner’s office.
Cabrera, a special education teacher who just became a new mom, was shocked to learn about the abuse.
“I’m a teacher too,” she said. “I’m trained to notice these things I’m stunned.”
Bella died Monday in the Rockaways apartment after police said she was found unconscious.
Sources with knowledge of the case said the city’s Administration of Children’s Services has never investigated any complaints of abuse against Bella, until now.
“Our top priority is protecting the safety and well being of all children in New York City,” ACS spokesman Eric Ferrero said. “As soon as this family came to our attention last night, we immediately launched an investigation with the NYPD.”
 Gonzalez said a vigil outside their home was slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday.
“Bella was a friendly, beautiful, affectionate, smart and loveable and the best daughter anyone can ask for,” Gonzalez said in a message to the Daily News. “She loved and was very affectionate sister to her baby brother Logan. She was loved by many who came to know her.”
Police said a 3-month-old baby was also found in the apartment. Medics took the tot to a hospital for evaluation.
The child won’t be returned to Gonzalez until after the investigation is concluded, officials said.

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