By David Brand
The investigation into an Auburndale mother charged with brutally beating her 13-month-old son continues as she may face additional charges related to the death of her daughter, a spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney’s office said.
Tina Torabi, 30, is charged with first-degree assault for allegedly beating her infant son Kian, but has not faced charges related to her daughter Elaina’s death. Elaina’s cause of death has not yet been determined, according to the city’s medical examiner.
Agents from the Administration for Children’s Services had visited Torabi’s home earlier in the week of Oct. 3 to check on the twins, but did not find reason to believe they were being mistreated, said Torabi’s attorney James Kousouros.
Kousoros said someone else attacked the babies.
“Our defense is that Ms. Torabi did not assault any of her children at any time,” Kousorous said to the Eagle on Thursday. “Facts that we have developed thus far certainly support conclusion that Ms. Torabi was not responsible for the injuries.”
Torabi’s twin toddlers, Elaina and Kian, were found with similar bruising and injuries throughout their bodies. A few days after police arrested Torabi for her alleged role in the gruesome beating of the two infants, her estranged husband Muhammad Torabi jumped to his death from a midtown Manhattan skyscraper.
Kousouras did not say whether he would blame Muhammad Torabi for the the injuries to the twins and the death of Kian.
According to the criminal complaint, Torabi called 911 and reported that her 13-month-old daughter Elaina was unresponsive. EMS took Elaina to Flushing Hospital Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
Other first responders at the home noticed that Elaina’s twin brother Kian had scratches and bruises in various stages of healing covering his body, according to the charges.
After police arrived at Torabi’s home, Elaina and Kian were taken to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in critical condition.
“The defendant’s alleged actions are incomprehensible. Unfortunately, her 13-month-old son suffered greatly in his short life,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. “An investigation is ongoing with respect to the death of her daughter. The defendant now faces a lengthy prison sentence.”
Kian had sustained multiple acute rib fractures, contusions on his lungs, an acute fractured pelvis, a visible healing bite mark, an acute left spiral tibia fracture and adrenal hemorrhage according to a report by a pediatric specialist.
Torabi also faces charges of first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. She faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.