1-year-old New York boy found dead inside toilet bowl

Scene of the death 
By: Debbie Gross 

A little baby died in a horrible way. The boy died by drowning in the family toilet bowl.

The boy, 14-months-old, who died in an apartment this week, drowned in the toilet bowl, the New York Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said.

The death of Mendi Altman was ruled as an accidental drowning after examination of the baby, said Ellen Borokove, an office spokesperson.

No further details were available, but police said they did not see the child's death as a criminal act.

The body has been handed over to the family for burial, he said.

Altman was taken unconscious to Maimonides Hospital of Brooklyn, with his family in a private car at 12:40 a.m., the New York City Police Department said in a press conference. Doctors pronounced the boy dead on arrival.

The preliminary investigation determined that the accident occurred in the second floor apartment located at 5813 11th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, the official said.

An autopsy will not be done.

Police said that the boy and his family were from Monsey, New York.