Woman Questioned Over Mysterious Drowning of Three Children at Coney Island

A mother is being questioned after her three children were found apparently drowned on a beach in Brooklyn, New York's Coney Island early Monday morning.

The youngest of the children was a three-month-old baby girl, who was found with her siblings, a girl aged four and a boy aged seven, according to NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth E. Corey, who gave a brief verbal statement to the press.

The children were discovered unresponsive on the shoreline at 4:42 a.m. near West 35th Street. They were rushed to Coney Island Hospital but could not be saved by medics and were pronounced dead.

A relative of the 30-year-old mother, who has not been named by authorities, had initially raised the alarm after fearing for the children, sparking a police search.

The woman was found first, alone and without her children. She was "soaking wet" and barefoot and would not communicate with officers, according to NYPD officials who then intensified their search for the youngsters.

The mother was taken to the hospital for evaluation and is currently at the NYPD 60th Precinct where officers are questioning her.

There's no indication that there was a prior history of abuse or neglect, according to police.

Authorities appealed for anyone who may have seen the mother and her children any time Sunday evening or early Monday morning to come forward.

Newsweek has reached out to the NYPD for further information.

This is a developing story.

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Police are investigating a triple drowning after three children were found on a Coney Island beach. Stock image: NYPD officers tape off a crime scene. Getty Images