The estranged husband of a mother who was last week accused of viciously beating their twin toddlers — one fatally — jumped to his death from a New York City hotel over the weekend, and now the mother is hinting that it was him who was behind the violence.
The body of Mohammad Torabi, 31, was found on Saturday afternoon near some air conditioners on the third-floor roof Renaissance New York Hotel in midtown Manhattan, the New York Post reports. The building has 39 floors and police believe he jumped.
Torabi was reportedly wanted for questioning in the brutal attack on his children, according to WABC-TV in New York.
The mother of his children, 30-year-old Tina Torabi, was arraigned last week after she allegedly beat both her 13-month-old son Kian and his twin sister, Elaina.
The boy was in critical condition, but Elaina eventually died.
During a jailhouse interview with the mother, the Post reported that Torabi said it was her estranged husband who hurt the twins.
“I was waiting for him to go and confess,” she said, according to the Post.
However, police are not buying that story.
They said that the mother first claimed her daughter burned herself with milk.
Torabi, a mother of five, also said she hadn't seen her estranged husband for a month, police say.
She was charged with felony assault for Kian’s beating as the results of an autopsy report on Elaina are pending.
Elaina was found unresponsive inside the family's basement apartment in the family’s home in Queens, according to WABC-TV in New York.
The girl's skull, abdomen and pelvic area were injured, and authorities said they found open lesions all over her body. Her exact cause of death has not yet been determined.
According to that report, Kian suffered injuries which include rib fractures, lung contusions and even a bite mark.
Police say the twins’ father did not leave a note, but his death is being investigated as a suicide, according to the Post.
All five children were removed from Tina Torabi last year after the twins were allegedly born with opioids in their system, according to WABC.
The children were temporarily put in the care of their grandmother, but they were returned to Tina Torabi’s care in March. The mother filed an order of protection against Mohammad Torabi in 2015 for allegedly choking her, according to WABC, which added that he had an open arrest warrant for a child support violation in Tennessee.
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