Kristal Khan, who ran an unlicensed day care center, is accused of becoming extremely drowsy and falling asleep after drinking NyQuil cold medicine while babysitting James Farrior III on June 15, 2009. The 11 month old fell head first into a mop bucket full of water and drowned.
Khan is being tried on reckless assault charges but it was her unemotional behavior during interrogation after the incident that raised concerns. Prosecutor Leigh Bishop related that she was calm when statements were taken after the death.
reports: “Prosecutors are expected to present evidence that Khan — who faces up to four years in prison if convicted — was in a cold medicine-induced sleep when James tumbled into a 3-foot-tall blue bucket full of water in her Richmond Hill home. "You will hear from witnesses and firefighters and police who took her statement [after James died] that she was calm and without emotion," Bishop said.
Backing that up, NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen testified that Khan "didn’t show any emotion that she was sad, and she wasn’t frantic" when he took her written statement less than two hours after James was found in the bucket.”
Khan originally stated in the 911 tape that she had only stepped outside for a moment to locate a mop leaving the child happily playing. When she returned she found him head first in the bucket.
reports: “Khan charged parents $25 a day to care for their children and got most of her clients from a Craigslist advert, the court heard.”
The emotionless demeanor displayed by Khan did not change even when she contacted the boy’s parents concerning what had happened.