Police are investigating after a 5-year-old girl was abandoned by her father and the child's mother was found dead.
Authorities were alerted about a 5-year-old girl sitting alone at Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City on Nov. 14 at around 10 a.m., the New York Post reported.
“She’d been sitting there for some time ... The kid told the cops that her father had told her to wait there,” a source told the New York Post.
The girl, who was mostly Spanish-speaking, lead authorities to her home in Stamford, Connecticut. There, they found the child’s mother, a Guatemalan woman in her 30s, dead.
Police have identified the 5-year-old girl’s father, Elmer Gomez Ruono, as a “person of interest.” They said there were signs of a struggle inside the home, the Stamford Patch reported.
“We are trying to find out more about the family because they only moved to Stamford from New Jersey today or yesterday,” Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin told the New York Post.
The family had apparently hosted a party the night before to celebrate their new home, the Stamford Advocate reported.
Conklin said they are investigating the death “as if it was a homicide.” The local medical examiner has yet to rule on an official cause of death.
A second “person of interest” was seen leaving the Port Authority police station on Nov. 14. Police said the incident looks like a “love triangle gone bad.”
The 5-year-old girl was not harmed and is currently in police custody.
“She is in good health,” a police official said. “We are taking good care of her ... She is still in our custody. We are working on placing her.”
Stamford police have released a photo of Ruono. He is described as 5-foot 8-inches tall, 140 pounds, long black hair and medium complexion, authorities said.