RPD finds 1-year-old dead inside Manhattan Square Park apartment
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester police are investigating the death of a 1-year-old child found dead inside a Manhattan Square apartment building on Thursday.
The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office is working to figure out how the child died but neighbors like David Tindele said they feared the worst when they found out what had happened.
“I happen to go up on the elevator. I see them down by her house and realized okay, there must be something wrong with her baby,” Tindele said.
Tindele said he has lived at the 10 Manhattan Square apartment building for more than 20 years and that he tried to help the mother of the child when he noticed a problem.
“I got a single, I’m a single parent too, so we tried to reach out to her in numerous ways than one, but she rejected our help. So I’m gonna to leave it like that, she rejected our help,” Tindele said.
When paramedics arrived on scene Thursday, they found the one-year-old child dead inside one of the apartments.
According to investigators, there were no signs of blunt force trauma to the child.
But neighbors like Tindele said that he had noticed an issue once the mother and child moved into the building.
“She just rejected everybody help around here for the most part. And, we extend our hand out, but it’s like, we don’t don’t know what was wrong,” Tindele said.
Rochester Special Victims Unit along with the Bivonia Child Advocacy Center, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office and Monroe County Child Protective Services are working to determine what happened.