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Toddler Dies After Being Found Unconscious in Harlem Drug Center, NYPD Says

By Dartunorro Clark | January 3, 2017 10:10pm
 Police said the toddler was found unconscious inside Odyssey House, at 219. E. 121st St.
Police said the toddler was found unconscious inside Odyssey House, at 219. E. 121st St.
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EAST HARLEM — A 1-year-old boy died after being found unconscious in the lobby of an East Harlem drug treatment center Tuesday, police said.

The toddler was discovered around 1 p.m. inside Odyssey House at 219 E. 121st St.

He was rushed to Harlem Hospital but was declared dead on arrival, police said.

A 911 call reported that the toddler was suffering cardiac arrest, police said.

The child apparently had a “previous medical condition," according to a source. 

The NYPD did not disclose the name of the child, pending family notification. 

A department spokeswoman said the child did live at Odyssey House. 

Police said there were no signs of trauma. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and an investigation had been launched by the NYPD, a department spokesman said.

A spokeswoman for the city's Administration for Children's Services said the agency is working with the NYPD on the investigation. 

“We are saddened by this troubling news and are investigating the circumstances leading to this incident, along with the NYPD," the spokeswoman said. 

Odyssey House offers residential drug and alcohol treatment programs for adults.

The organization provides services for pregnant women and parents with children, as well as offering in-house day care and an Early Head Start pre-school program, according to its website.

It also operates a number of drug and alcohol rehab centers across the city, as well as family and mental health services, according to the website.

Carolyn Abrams, a spokeswoman for Odyssey House, said the center could not comment on the death or disclose any client information, citing federal confidentiality regulations.

“The health and safety of our clients is our first priority,” she said.

—Murray Weiss contributed to this story.