Young boy was found dead in New York City migrant shelter with shoelace around his neck

 December 13, 2023

Police say an eleven-year-old boy died after being discovered unresponsive at a hotel in New York City that was functioning as a shelter for migrants.

On Monday, an unconscious youth was discovered in the lobby of the Upper West side Stratford Arms Hotel, according to a New York Police Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

The NYPD responded to a 911 call at approximately 5:09 p.m. and discovered the unresponsive child in the hotel lobby, where migrants who have entered the country illegally due to lax border policies have been kept.

"EMS responded and transported the male to Mount Sinai West Hospital where he was pronounced deceased," NYPD said. Determining the cause of death is a priority for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, according to officials.

Case Details

The boy's identity remains unknown at this time. An investigation is ongoing by the NYPD.

Mayor Eric Adams of New York City designated the Stratford Arms Hotel on West 70th Street a "humanitarian relief center" in June. Migrant families are currently residing in the hotel as a temporary shelter.

The migrant crisis has placed a significant strain on city resources, compelling the Adams administration to seek accommodation for the tens of thousands of asylum seekers who have arrived in the city since last year in hotels and other unsuitable locations.

According to the mayor's office, the Stratford Arms and other locations at 205 and 207 West 85th Street accommodate over 800 migrants across 516 rooms.

"Hookers are coming and going. In the mornings, you see prostitutes coming out of the building," said Joe Germanotta, father of the singer Lady Gaga, in August. Germanotta lives a block from the hotel.

"The worst part’s at night. The noise. It starts at about 10 o’clock, and it’ll go until 4 in the morning. Playing music and racing their motocross and motorbikes up and down the streets," he told the New York Post.

Mayor Adams' Sobering Update

After meeting with federal politicians in Washington, D.C., this week, Adams said that the federal government will not step in to assist cities like New York in managing immigration.

The mayor acknowledged that New York residents are upset that the migrant crisis has taken "resources that should go to the day-to-day services of running this city," but said, "We did not walk out from D.C. with any level of optimism that anything is going to drastically change."

"It is clear that for the time being, this crisis is going to be carried by the cities," he said at City Hall on Friday. "Here in New York City, as you know, we had a very painful November plan that we had to produce, and now we’re looking forward for the direction of how do we address a $7 billion budget deficit that we have to address in January."

Over 140,000 migrants have entered New York City since the previous year, overwhelming the city's social services and forcing significant budget cuts to policing, sanitation, and education.

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