3-Year-Old Naama Markovits a”h Drowns in Lawrence June 23, 2010  5:00 pm

candle-small5[Update below. Levaya and shivah info below.] 5 p.m.: A 3-year-old frum girl in the Lawrence, NY, community has drowned and the woman who was believed to be caring for her at the time has been hospitalized. The toddler was in an in-ground backyard swimming pool in Lawrence, when the accident occurred early this afternoon.

Police Lt. Kevin Smith says investigators suspect the adult caretaker – a woman in her 30s – was in the pool with the little girl and may have slipped into the deep end of the pool, dropping the child.

Officials said the young girl and her babysitter were rushed to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway after they were pulled out of the water about 2:45 p.m. by a man painting the girl’s house on Beechwood Drive.

It’s believed the young girl’s 5-year-old brother found the two floating in the pool and ran to tell the painter. The painter apparently tried to do CPR on the two while calling 9-1-1.

Smith says the babysitter is on a ventilator.

Boruch dayan emes.

Update, 7:26 p.m. EST: The levaya of 3-year-old Naama Markovits a”h, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Yehuda and Cindy Markovits of Lawrence, NY, will be held tomorrow afternoon, at 1 p.m., at Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv, located at 1 Cedar Lawn Avenue in Lawrence.

The Markovits family will be sitting shivah at 2 Beechwood Drive in Lawrence. The phone number there is 516.371.9299.

Umacha Hashem dimah mei’al kol ponim.

We regret, as well to report the passing of the babysitter. May her family be consoled.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter/with AP reporting}

29 Responses to 3-Year-Old Naama Markovits a”h Drowns in Lawrence

1 .Comment from Anonymous

June 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm
Boruch Dayan Emes!

2 .Comment from can't believe it

June 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm
Don't tell me the summer tragedies are staRTING already. Every year we have such terrible news. Can we hav e one summer without horrible news like this. ONE summer??? Please???

3 .Comment from Anonymous

June 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm

4 .Comment from Sage Street, Far Rock.

June 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm
Any name? Who is the girl? When and Where is the levaya.

5 .Comment from Anonymous

June 23, 2010 at 5:19 pm
may the babysitter have a complete recovery

6 .Comment from Kaila

June 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm
Awful news. Please, parents, watch your kids like hawks. They are our most precious commodities. Hashem yishmor.

7 .Comment from Stuart Feiner DDS

June 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm
What was the five year old brother doing there? Some info must be missing here.

8 .Comment from Anon

June 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm
#5 - and how about the poor girl who passed away at 3 and her grieving parents, nebach?

9 .Comment from Anonymous

June 23, 2010 at 5:51 pm

10 .Comment from red

June 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm
This happens way to often.

11 .Comment from Anonymous

June 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm
Tragic. Absolutely tragic.

12 .Comment from Shemorg

June 23, 2010 at 6:45 pm
Extremely, extremely terrible news. We are next door neighbors to the family. Baruch Dayan Emes. So hard to hear these things especially for those close to the family. May they see only happiness in the future.

13 .Comment from yes

June 23, 2010 at 7:43 pm
#6, she WAS being watched like a hawk, someone was holding the child. She slipped!!!! what other precuations should there be? Two adults to each child in a pool??? some things are from above, no matter how much hishtadlus we do. May Hashem comfort the families!

14 .Comment from free

June 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm

15 .Comment from ?????

June 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm
anybody know who the grandparents are????

16 .Comment from Anonymous

June 23, 2010 at 10:59 pm
does anyone know if this baby sitter was a frum yid? t

17 .Comment from Sophia

June 24, 2010 at 12:42 am
Is there an e-mail where I can send my condolences instead of calling?

18 .Comment from Shulamith Grad

June 24, 2010 at 1:46 am
I was a student in her grandmother's speech class. I wish Mrs. Basch nothing but happiness for the rest of her life. <3 Dasi

19 .Comment from MS

June 24, 2010 at 11:11 am
to #16 Stop with this 'frum yid'. She was not. Shw wasnt even jewish. So what? she is a human being, mother of 3. It is such a shame for both - Naama and her baby sitter.

20 .Comment from Anon

June 24, 2010 at 11:51 am
#16 SHAME on you. Mah Hakesher to whether she was a "frum yid"?!- she was a human being created by G-d. Baruch Dayan Emet.

21 .Comment from hello

June 24, 2010 at 2:05 pm
Every adult should not go into a pool without another adult preferably a lifeguard watching them.

22 .Comment from Calman

June 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm
No, she was a hispanic woman. Nebach on both families. Such a tradgedy.

23 .Comment from Ben Torah

June 25, 2010 at 6:30 am
We have more rachmonis on a frum yid. This is the derech HaTorah whether you like it or otherwise.

24 .Comment from Anonymous

June 25, 2010 at 10:11 am
23, I don't know where you get off calling yourself a ben torah but that's not the torah i know. I sincerely hope you don't work in kiruv because your manner is odious enough to me, born and raised frum, let alone how it would appear to someone just learning about Yiddishkeit.

25 .Comment from to Ben Torah

June 25, 2010 at 10:13 am
More on one doesn't mean none - or minimal - on the other.

26 .Comment from Blank

June 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm
This Is Really Sad R.I.P

27 .Comment from some one who cares !!!!!!

June 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm
My sincere condolences goes out to the family of the baby and also the family of the babysitter. This is a tragedy that was never planned, life of short and no one knows when our turn will be,Please do not pass judgement on the babysitter. THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT that could of happen to anyone. Very sad R I P

28 .Comment from Anonymous

June 27, 2010 at 1:21 am

29 .Comment from parent of shulamth Brooklyn girls

June 28, 2010 at 9:20 pm
So sorry , cindy ( babys mother) is a very sweet , beautiful and lovely young lady. The entire family very supportive of shulamith school. Mrs. Basch ( grandmother)a terrific teacher and play director. Baruch dayin emes!


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