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Parents of Girls Killed by Radiator in City Shelter Site Still Want Answers

By Eddie Small | December 21, 2016 8:41am
  1-year-old Scylee Vayoh Ambrose and 2-year-old Ibanez Ambrose were fatally burned by a radiator inside 720 Hunts Point Ave.
1-year-old Scylee Vayoh Ambrose and 2-year-old Ibanez Ambrose were fatally burned by a radiator inside 720 Hunts Point Ave.
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HUNTS POINT — The parents of the two girls killed by a broken radiator in a city shelter site in the South Bronx are still searching for answers in their daughters' deaths and have asked their lawyer to investigate what happened.

Attorney Robert Mongeluzzi, who is now representing the Ambrose family, said the parents of 1-year-old Scylee Vayoh Ambrose and 2-year-old Ibanez Ambrose have asked his firm to investigate how their girls died, but they have not yet decided whether to file a lawsuit against the city.

"Right now, they are trying to turn their full attention to the grieving and mourning process," Mongeluzzi said.

The Ambrose girls passed away on on Dec. 7 after a valve came off of the radiator in the room at 720 Hunts Point Ave. where they were sleeping, causing it to fill up with hot steam. The funeral for the sisters was held on Tuesday in Maine.

The Bronx District Attorney's Office has announced that it will investigate Moshe Piller, the notorious landlord of the building where the Ambrose sisters died, and the building itself, although Mayor Bill de Blasio characterized the tragedy as a "freak accident."

Piller was renting the apartment where the Ambroses were staying to the city under its cluster homeless shelter program.

DNAinfo exposed how the city had been repeatedly warned that Piller's nonprofit was refusing to maintain his properties and was putting his tenants in danger.

READ MORE: City Ignored Warnings on Operator of Shelter Where Girls Died, Emails Show

Danielle and Peter Ambrose, the parents of the two girls, released a statement thanking people who have stood with them while they try to cope with the deaths of their two young daughters.

"We are touched by the outpouring of love and support from literally Maine to New York and around the country," they said. "And we are stronger knowing people join us in mourning the loss of our daughters and share our desire to do whatever is possible to ensure that no other family can ever experience this kind of unimaginable pain."