Woman dies at home, leaving toddler alone

The News Leader

July 23, 2010 9:53:00 AM PDT
A woman battling a long-term illness died in her home in the College Point section of Queens, leaving her toddler to crawl around her lifeless body for hours.

Authorities say 32-year-old Saydie Rentas collapsed in the kitchen of her home on 11th Avenue sometime Thursday afternoon.

Rentas was home with her 21-month-old son, Brian Rodriquez, at the time. Her husband was at work.

She was reportedly dead for at least four hours, and possibly more, when her husband called a neighbor to check on her.

The neighbor, who had a key, went into the house at around 8 p.m. and discovered Rentas' lifeless body.

Authorities say her son was crawling around her body and eating food out of the dog bowl. He was taken to a nearby hospital for observation.

An autopsy conducted Friday morning determined Rentas died from complications of lupus. Her death is not considered suspicious.