A Brooklyn girl was found dead Sunday, three days after suffering a brutal mop handle beating from her mother, police said.
Alejandra Vazquez, 11, was found by her mother's boyfriend yesterday morning, said New York Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Collins. The girl's mother, whom police did not immediately identify, was arrested and expected to be charged with homicide, police said.
During an interview with police, the girl's mother told investigators she "despises" her daughter and chased her around the family's East New York home on Thursday, striking her with the mop handle. The girl, who tried to escape the beating by hiding beneath a baby crib, then lay in bed for three days, vomiting and unable to eat.
"She despises the child for something that happened with the father in Mexico," where he lives, a police source said yesterday. When police arrived at the home, they found Alejandra covered with bruises and scabbed-over cuts, police said.
The mother did not call for help until after the girl's death, police said. Alejandra immigrated to Brooklyn only last month, though police do not know why she came.
In January, Alejandra's 14-year-old sister was removed from her mother's care and placed in a foster home, police said. The older sister had also complained of beatings from her mother. She didn't learn her younger sister had arrived from Mexico until after the child's death, police said.
Alejandra lived in the Atlantic Avenue home with her mother, her mother's boyfriend, three younger half-siblings aged 6, 3 and 1, and a livery cabdriver who boarded there, Collins said. None of the younger children were injured, police said.
Police said detectives found the mop handle the mother used to beat her daughter taped back together so it could again be used as a mop.