Baby found starved to death two weeks after mom Sara Kessler 'took overdose'
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A 9-month-old baby boy was found dead in an apartment up to two weeks after his mother took her own life.
Casey Kessler was discovered by mother Sara’s brother who had not heard from her for several days.
It also emerged that neighbor William Gonzalez had heard Casey crying at the flat in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but did not think anything of it.
He told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: ‘If I was closer to the noise, I would have done something. I didn’t know. I feel so guilty. I feel so bad.
‘The thought of that little kid running around after she died … looking for food. That’s what I’m upset about. It’s such a helpless feeling.’
It is believed Sara died up to two weeks before her body was found (Picture: Facebook)
Kessler may have died a week or two earlier, Assistant Allegheny County police Superintendent James Morton said Friday. She was found on her bed and her son in the living room. There was no sign of foul play.
Police suspect Sara Kessler died of a drug overdose. Autopsies were performed Saturday on Kessler and her son, but a ruling on the cause of death is pending.
Sara Kessler’s mother died of natural causes in the same apartment in November, Morton said. No one else lived on their floor, he said.
Gonzalez and another tenant, Elizabeth Freismuth, said Kessler struggled to cope with her mother’s death.
‘She seemed so sad her mom was gone. I told her if she needed anything to ask me, but she never did,’ Freismuth told the newspaper. ‘She loved that little baby. He was such a beautiful little boy. She told me: `I can’t believe he’s going to be almost a year old. He’s getting so big.’