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|February 28, 1986|
|DA probing RR police conduct in Christmas death of 'Mama'|
|The Manhattan district attorney's office is investigating whether Metro-North police knowingly failed to help "Mama," the homeless woman found dead Christmas Day on a Grand Central Terminal bench, a spokeman said yesterday. |
The investigation was begun at the request of George McDonald, an advocate for the homeless, who maintains that police ignored the pleas of Mama's friends on behalf of the woman.
A Metro-North spokesman, denying that police acted improperly, said the railroad will cooperate with the investigation.
"We conducted an investigation and were never able to develop any evidence whatsoever that a request for assistance was made," the spokesman said.
Mama, a woman whose name was unknown, had lived in the waiting room of Grand Central for at least a year. She took ill on Christmas Eve and was found dead on a bench the next day.
Manuel Rosario, 33, a homeless friend of the woman, said he and another friend, Forrest Sheridan, had asked a Metro-North officer at different times during the night to call an ambulance.
Rosario said the cop told him to "get out of here."
A medical examiner's report attributed death to pneumonia and pulmonary emphysema.
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