A 3-month-old baby boy died after being found unconscious at a Bronx apartment, cops said on Sunday.
Little Mark Ruane was unresponsive after his mother called 911 around 11:30 p.m. Saturday from their home along Ogden Ave. near 166th St. in High Bridge, according to police.
First responders rushed the baby to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, but he did not survive.
The medical examiner did not immediately determine a cause of death.
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The child’s parents were identified as Mark Ruane and Alexondra Ambrocini in court documents lodged against the city’s embattled Administration for Children’s Services.
The father claims that social workers Keisha Foster and Melissa McKenzie falsified a case against the couple in 2015. The investigation ultimately led to the agency taking another child out of his custody for nine months, he wrote in court documents filed in the U.S. Southern District of New York.
ACS responded to Ruane’s complaint in March and said its employees ordered “an emergency removal” of the couple’s newborn child, Emerald, due to alleged drug use.
The baby was taken from Metropolitan Hospital Center shortly after birth on Feb. 27, 2015, documents state.
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The agency alleges the mother tested positive for cocaine the day before giving birth, based on a tip that Ruane disputes. He tested positive for methadone.
Family court documents show Ruane was undergoing methadone treatment in April 2016 while the child’s mother was seeking mental health help.
Ruane frequently expressed frustrations with the agency on Facebook, at one point sharing a meme comparing Child Protection Services workers to horror villain Freddy Kreuger.
Additionally, Ruane listed himself as a former public liaison for Truth Exposed, a Facebook page that hails itself as a support group for families “facing the unjust system of Child Protective Services and Family Courts.”
Despite his grievances, he wrote an alarming Facebook post a month before little Mark’s death, suggesting he would consider calling child protective services on his wife.
“I hate CPS,” Ruane wrote on March 27. “I don’t wanna call them but she won’t communicate and assure me my kids are safe after I read an email from her mom to her dad saying she almost killed my two month old.”
Days earlier, he penned a note asking for a new court date, claiming complications due to moving and a break-up.
“My co-plaintiff and I are no longer together and I am in the process of moving my things out of the apartment,” he wrote.
Ruane’s Facebook page chronicles apparent sobriety milestones and often states that he misses his children. He said he was looking forward to seeing them and his partner in mid-April.
A building superintendent told the Daily News he recalled seeing Ruane and the child’s mother pushing a stroller on Friday.
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