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NYPD probes death of girl, 4, at homeless shelter

NEW YORK - Authorities are investigating the death of a 4-year-old girl at a homeless shelter in Queens.

Police say the child, identified as Lanaysah Meraldo, was found unconscious and unresponsive just before 1 p.m. Thursday at the Briarwood Family Residence on 134th Street.

She was pronounced dead by EMS. The medical examiner is to determine the cause of death.

Last week, authorities say a 3-year-old girl was fatally beaten by her stepfather after she soiled her diaper. The stepfather has been arrested.

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