A mother in New York let her two children sleep and play in the same bedroom as her deceased 10-year-old daughter, authorities say.
New York State Police are investigating the Feb. 17 death of Belladonna Loke, who was found in the bedroom of a residence in Colesville. The child had been staying there with family members since December.
The day after Belladonna’s death, troopers charged her mother, Serina A. Madden, 31, with two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She was released Friday from the Broome County jail, after posting bail.
According to court documents, Madden knew her 10-year-old daughter was deceased and “failed to take care of Belladonna’s remains.”
At the same time, between Feb. 17 and Feb. 18, Madden allegedly allowed her 2-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son to sleep and play in the same bedroom as her deceased child.
Madden was not charged in connection with Belladonna’s death.
If convicted, Madden could face up to a year in jail or three years on probation.
Troopers said Belladonna had been suffering from a serious medical condition before her death.
An autopsy was conducted at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton. State police have not released the cause and manner of death.