Three Young Children Die Alone on NYC Coney Island Beach

Three young children died after they were found alone on Brooklyn’s Coney Island Beach in the middle of the night early Monday — and their disturbed mother is suspected of drowning them, police sources said.

The kids — 7-year-old Zachary, 4-year-old Liliana and Oliver, just 3 months old — were discovered unconscious on the beach near the shoreline at W. 35th St. at 4:42 a.m.

Their 30-year-old mom Erin Merdy called a cousin saying she drowned them, according to a police source.

“Last I spoke to Erin she was struggling. However I did not realize it was this bad,” Merdy’s aunt Dine Stephens told the Daily News. “Many family members have struggled with mental illness.”

The tragic discovery was made after police responded to a 1:40 a.m. 911 call from Merdy’s sister.

“The caller indicated that she was concerned her family member may have harmed her three small children,” NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey said at a grim press conference on Coney Island’s Riegelmann Boardwalk.

Cops went to Merdy’s home on Neptune Ave. near W. 33rd St. in Coney Island. They found the apartment door unlocked and nobody home.

Somewhere in the building police ran into the dad of one of the kids “who expressed similar concerns and said he believed the woman and the children were on the boardwalk,” Corey said.

A 3-month-old girl, a 4-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy were discovered unconscious on the beach near the shoreline at W. 35th St. at 4:42 a.m. (Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News)

Cops launched a search of the neighborhood, including the street, beach, boardwalk and hospital.

After about about 90 minutes, a 911 call came in sending police to the boardwalk near Brighton 6th St. in Brighton Beach.

Merdy was there with other family members but not the kids. She was drunk and emotionally disturbed, according to a police source.

“She was wet, she was barefoot and she was not communicative with officers,” Corey said.

Harbor cops and an NYPD aviation unit joined the search for the missing kids, who were discovered unconscious on the beach near the shoreline at W. 35th St. “The officers immediately initiated life-saving measures, including CPR,” Corey said.

Medics rushed the children to Coney Island Hospital, where doctors worked in vain to save them for a couple hours. All three were declared dead at 5:38 a.m., according to a police source.

”I’m very saddened to see this turn of events,” said Dine Stephen, Erin’s aunt. “We lost Erin’s father (my brother) a few years back and now his precious grandchildren are gone.”

A 3-month-old girl, a 4-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy were discovered unconscious on the beach near the shoreline at W. 35th St. at 4:42 a.m. (Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News)

Merdy was taken to the 60th Precinct stationhouse for questioning as cops continue to investigate. She has never been arrested. Cops have responded to six past domestic incidents involving her.

Later Monday morning, Merdy was taken from the stationhouse to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Last week, a worker inside Merdy’s building was in her apartment doing renovation work.

“She seemed to be fine,” the worker said, declining to give his name. “She had beautiful kids.”

The worker was due to return to her apartment Tuesday to do more work.

“This is insane,” he said after learning the children were dead.

Cops are looking for witnesses as the investigate how her kids died. The city Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on all three children.

“We don’t know exactly what happened here yet,” Corey said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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  1. F.I.N.G. NY State and City. What difference right? Kill um by abortion or drown um, whats the difference – Liberal Pukes, nt just mentally ill, liberal NYC

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