(NY Daily News) A 9-year-old Queens girl whose bruised, naked body was found in a bathtub was strangled by her wicked stepmom, police sources said.
Arjun Samdhi Pardas was charged Saturday with killing Ashdeep Kaur in the bathroom of their Richmond Hill home, according to sources.
Detectives grilled the sadistic 55-year-old stepmother at the 102nd Precinct stationhouse for hours after finding her hiding at a friend’s home.
A haggard Pardas was walked out of the precinct around 7 p.m. wearing a white Tyvek suit. A small woman, she grimaced when asked if she killed Ashdeep and appeared to start crying as she was placed in the back of an unmarked police car.
“She was not treating her really good,” said Ashdeep’s uncle Manjinder Singh. “The girl told me she got beat up by her. Twice she told me she grabbed her and threw her on the bed. I was not thinking she would kill her.”
Ashdeep’s grief-stricken dad, Sukhjinder Singh, was seen being helped out of the stationhouse by two relatives about 11 a.m. Saturday. The stone-faced father didn’t say a word.
The girl emigrated from India, where she lived with her mother, and joined him in Queens three months ago.
“Her father wanted her to be here, to stay in U.S.,” Manjinder Singh said. “There are better schools over here. Everything is good. She was doing good, learning English.”
But the father’s dream of a better life for his little girl turned into a nightmare Friday.
Relatives said Ashdeep feared her stepmother, who comes from Guyana, and said the woman had hit the girl. They hadn’t thought the punishments rose to the level of abuse.
On Friday, a woman who shares part of the 112th St. home — including the bathroom — told Ashdeep’s dad that Pardas and his daughter had gone into the bathroom together, according to relatives.
The stepmother emerged alone and, before leaving the house with her two grandchildren, told the housemate the girl was still inside, taking a shower.
When the housemate went to use the bathroom about 6 p.m. she discovered the girl’s lifeless body in the bathtub. There was no water in the tub.
“The stepmother did whatever she did with her in the house,” another relative said. “The dead body was in the bathroom, and she ran away.”
Two children found with Pardas when she was arrested were put in the care of city child protective services, WCBS-TV reported.
A neighbor said Pardas had lived on the street for years, but didn’t get along with her family.
“I never knew she was capable of doing that,” the neighbor said. “That’s why it’s such a shock.”
An autopsy was scheduled to determine how Ashdeep died.
Manjinder Singh was beside himself with grief and struggling with regret that he didn’t do more to protect his niece.
“She had been living with us two or three days, sleeping over,” he said, his voice cracking. “I shouldn’t have dropped her off. Her father said drop her home, and the second day, she’s dead.”