Circumstances of girl's death investigated

August 30, 2010 8:29:49 PM PDT
Carmen Ojeda says she refused to watch her daughter die. There was no consolation Monday night. Only grief beyond measure and bitter outrage.

"Just say you are sorry that's all I want. Give her peace, give my baby peace! Be a man!" Carmen Ojeda said.

Death was grabbing at her daughter's lungs on Sunday when 11-year-old Brianna Ojeda was overcome by an asthma attack while at a Brooklyn playground.

35-year-old Carmen Ojeda did what any mother would; she moved heaven and earth to get her daughter to the hospital, which was less than a mile away.

She turned down the wrong-way on a one-way street.

She spotted a police officer.

But the family and some witnesses say that's when desperation turned into disgust.

They claim the officer refused to help.

They say he refused to rush the child to the hospital.

That's when her lips turned blue.

"You hear people yelling, 'she needs CPR, she needs CPR', the mother is telling him, 'do you know CPR', and with a smirk on his face he said, 'no I don't know CPR'," a witness said.

A Good Samaritan eventually jumped into the back seat and began performing CPR on Brianna.

By the time they finally pulled up to the emergency room, it was too late.

"I don't understand how this police officer can do something like this," said Brianna's grandmother, Marie Ojeda.

Brianna's father says the officer, who has yet to be identified, treated his wife and helpless child like they were criminals, when all they wanted was the breath of life.

"I got 25 cops inside looking to give my wife a ticket for going up the wrong-way, as soon as they found out from the doctors that my daughter was dead, they all walked out with their tails between their legs," Michael Ojeda said.

The Good Samaritan is expected at the wake on Tuesday. The funeral is set for Wednesday. Eyewitness News is told that Brianna will be buried in a full princess procession, in a white casket, and in a white carriage that will be pulled by two white horses.

There is now an internal affairs investigation underway.

But a spokesperson told us, "We have yet to determine whether a member of the service was involved in this or not," suggesting that the "officer" might have been a private security guard or a traffic agent or a volunteer auxiliary officer. All NYPD officers are trained in CPR.