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Paul Auster’s son arrested for manslaughter in drug-related death of baby: cops


The son of award-winning novelist Paul Auster has been arrested for manslaughter in the drug-related death of his infant daughter at Park Slope, officers said on Saturday.

Daniel Auster, 44, was caring for his 10-month-old daughter Ruby on the afternoon of Nov. 1 when paramedics responded to a 911 call from the Brooklyn residence, authorities said.

First responders found the baby unconscious and unresponsive and rushed her to Methodist Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the NYPD said.

An autopsy concluded Ruby died of a fentanyl and heroin overdose, authorities said.

A police spokesman said on Saturday he did not know how Ruby ingested the drugs.

Daniel Auster was arrested Friday night and charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, police said.

Daniel Auster was caring for his 10-month-old daughter Ruby when 911 was called.
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Novelist, Paul Auster is the father of Daniel Auster.
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An autopsy concluded Ruby died of a heroin and fentanyl overdose, authorities said.
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Daniel pleaded guilty more than two decades ago to stealing $3,000 from drug dealer Andre “Angel” Melendez. Melendez was infamously killed by his roommate, New York “Club Kid Killer” party promoter Michael Alig, in 1996.

Daniel’s father, Paul Auster, wrote “The New York Trilogy”, “The Book of Illusions” and “Moon Palace”. Daniel’s mother, Paul Auster’s first wife, is writer Lydia Davis.

The author has won numerous international awards and was shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Award-winning author Paul Auster wrote “The New York Trilogy” and many other novels.
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