MANCHESTER — The 1-year-old girl who died Monday night after being rushed to the hospital from a West Side hotel was under the care of two adults, according to a hotel guest who said that one used her telephone to call the girl’s mother.
“He was crying and apologizing,” said Crystal Brooks, who said she lent her phone to a man she believed was the father. She said she was smoking a cigarette outside when he came rushing out and used the telephone. “I can only imagine what they’re going through.”
Manchester police have described the death of the child, who they did not name, as suspicious.
The child was found in cardiac arrest by firefighters who arrived at the Econo Lodge, 75 W. Hancock St., shortly before 6 p.m., according to fire department logs. The log reported the child was “out of the water.” The child was pronounced dead at Catholic Medical Center.
An autopsy has been unable to determine the cause of death, according to Manchester police. In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, police said they will have to rely on toxicology and more testing to determine the cause of death.
Anyone with information about the Econo Lodge death should contact police at 668-8711.