Updated 08/30/2010 11:30 PM
Mother Claims NYPD Officer Denied First Aid To Dying Daughter
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A wake was held Monday evening in Brooklyn for a little girl whose death police are investigating, after accusations that a New York City Police Department officer did not try to save her.
Mourners in Sunset park paid respects to Briana Ojeda, 11, who died Friday of an apparent asthma attack.
Carmen Ojeda says she was driving the wrong way down a one-way street to rush her daughter to the hospital when an officer stopped her but wouldn't help, saying he didn't know CPR.
"He smirked at me when I asked him for help it wasn't like 'Oh I'm sorry I can't help you' it was like 'I don't know CPR' like a jerk, like a jerk," Ojeda said. "He shouldn't have a badge and a gun because who's he going to protect he's supposed to protect me and help me right so why didn't he help me?"
A witness says the mom had sideswiped another vehicle beforehand, and a van moved to block her in.
Several people on Henry Street heard Ojeda's cries for help and rushed to the girl's side. One man eventually brought the young girl to the emergency room where she later died.
One witness says she saw the little girl gasping for air along with the police officer who offered little help.
"My mom is over there she's telling the cop 'Do you know CPR? Do you know CPR?' 'No I don't know CPR,'" said witness Erica Domenech.
The NYPD says it is working to determine whether the individual in question really was a police officer, and not a traffic agent or other uniformed person.
The department also notes that all members of the force receive CPR training.
Outside the wake service, Ojeda told reporters she is sure the man was a police officer, claiming he and several other officers eventually visited the hospital to ticket her.
"He was waiting and once they heard my daughter was dead everyone disappeared," Ojeda said.
In a statement, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said, "IAB has interviewed all of the officers in the command and it has shown photographs of the police officers in the command to the woman and to witnesses, and none has been picked out."