Queens mother convicted of drowning 2-year-old daughter

June 04, 2019 - 9:29 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Queens woman has been convicted of drowning her 2-year-old daughter in 2016 by holding her head under water.

A jury on Tuesday found 27-year-old Lin Li, of Sunset Park, guilty of manslaughter in the death of Melody Zheng.

Prosecutors say Li took Zheng into a bathroom to punish her by putting her head in a storage container filled with water and holding her under until she stopped struggling. She later called 911.

Li was also convicted of attempted assault for holding her 4-year-old son's head under water a day earlier.

Zheng faces up to 25 years in prison when she is sentenced June 24.