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Paul Auster’s son arrested on manslaughter over baby drug death: cops

The son of award-winning novelist Paul Auster has been arrested for manslaughter in the drug-related death of his young daughter in Park Slope, police 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 an 911 call from the Brooklyn residence, authorities said.

First responders found the baby unconscious and unresponsive and took him to Methodist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the NYPD said.

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

A police spokesman said Saturday he didn’t know how Ruby ingested the drugs.

Daniel Auster was arrested Friday night and charged with manslaughter and manslaughter, police said. He was awaiting his arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Saturday.

Daniel Auster was transferred from Brooklyn Criminal Court to be treated at Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Daniel Auster was transferred from Brooklyn Criminal Court to be treated at Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
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Daniel Auster is expected to be charged in Brooklyn Criminal Court on April 17, 2022.
Daniel Auster is expected to be charged in Brooklyn Criminal Court on April 17, 2022.
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Daniel pleaded guilty to stealing $3,000 from drug dealer Andre “Angel” Melendez more than two decades ago. Melendez was notoriously killed in 1996 by his roommate, New York party promoter “Club Kid Killer” Michael Alig.

Two of Daniel’s neighbors told the Post on Saturday that after his daughter’s death, they walked past the apartment building where he lived and saw baby items outside for everyone to take home.

“Everything — all the baby clothes, books, toys — it was just heartbreaking,” said one of the residents, who asked not to be named.

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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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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 the writer Lydia Davis. The couple divorced in 1978.

Paul Auster then married Siri Hustvedt, the Minnesota-born writer and essayist, in 1978. Her books include The Blindfold, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl and her best known work What I Loved from 2003.

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An autopsy revealed Ruby died of a heroin and fentanyl overdose, authorities said.
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First responders had found Ruby unconscious.

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

Both Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt have written novels that have featured characters who appear to have been based on or inspired by their issues with Daniel, the Guardian reported in 2006.

In Hustvedt’s What I Loved, she wrote about the troubled relationship between an artist and his drug-addicted son and stepmother. In the novel, son “Mark” goes from being a cute boy to a difficult, dangerous teenager who breaks his father’s heart and scares his stepmother.

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Daniel Auster was also charged with negligent homicide.

Auster also reportedly wrote a character based on Daniel in his 2004 novel Oracle Night. The story will be told by a writer named Trause, an anagram of Auster, who has a drug-addicted son who terrorizes his stepmother, the Guardian said.

Daniel’s father and sister, who both live in Brooklyn, declined to comment when reached by The Post on Saturday.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/16/paul-austers-son-busted-for-manslaughter-in-babys-drug-death-cops/ Paul Auster’s son arrested on manslaughter over baby drug death: cops

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