Tot Wanders from Family, Found Dead in NYC Lake

Posted 2 months ago

By Associated Press

NYPDNEW YORK (AP) — A 2-year-old girl who wandered away from a holiday-weekend family barbecue in a New York City park has been found dead in a lake.

New York Police Department divers pulled Ruhshona Kurbonova’s body from the water in Prospect Park on Saturday night after a frantic five-hour search.

Police were called at around 1 p.m., after Ruhshona and a toddler boy in the family strayed from the gathering. The boy was found soaked but safe.

The girl’s uncle, Dekzod Isokov, tells the New York Post the children just “walked off, and we didn’t know.”

Witnesses say Ruhshona’s 37-year-old mother screamed and collapsed after hearing the news. Paramedics took her to a hospital for evaluation. She was later released.

The family emigrated from Uzbekistan.