Dad wanted for questioning in 1-year-old daughter's death kills himself

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Monday, October 8, 2018
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Naveen Dhaliwal reports on the suicide of a man wanted for questioning in his child's death.

AUBURNDALE, Queens -- The father wanted for questioning in the death of his 13-month-old twin daughter in Queens reportedly has killed himself at a Manhattan hotel.

Police have identified the man as 31-year-old Mohammad Torabi, the estranged husband of the Queens mother accused of brutally beating the girl and her 13-month-old son, who is in critical condition.

Police were called to the Renaissance Hotel on East 57th Street Saturday afternoon and found Torabi's body on a third-floor landing

There was no suicide note, sources say.

His wife, 30-year-old Tina Torabi is behind bars, charged with felony assault.

Officials are still waiting for autopsy results on the twin sister, 1-year-old Elaina. who was found unconscious with bruises and wounds on her body inside the family's basement apartment in Auburndale on Wednesday night.

Officials are looking into whether Mohammad had any connection to his infant's death.

Back in 2017, all five children were removed from the mother and placed with their grandmother after the twins were born with opioids in their system. A judge returned them to their mother in March after no evidence of drug use was found. Child welfare workers made at least one visit to the house since then.

Tina had an order of protection against her estranged husband after he choked her in 2015. His relatives appear to own the Queens' house, but he does not live there. He has an open arrest warrant for a child support violation in Nashville, Tennessee.