The son of best-selling author Paul Auster, Daniel Auster, was arrested by the NYPD on charges of involuntary manslaughter following the overdose death of his 10-month-old baby, officials said Saturday.
According to law enforcement officials, Daniel Auster, 44, was babysitting his daughter Ruby on Nov. 1 when he called police to his Brooklyn County residence, local media said.
Emergency services who responded to her home found the child unconscious and transported her to Methodist Hospital, where she was confirmed dead.
An autopsy now reveals that the minor suffered an overdose of fentanyl and heroin, but it is unknown how she ingested the drugs.
Daniel Auster, who has a drug-related criminal record, was arrested Friday night and charged with involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide.
Paul Auster is one of the greatest American novelists, who has written works such as A Man in the Dark, The Book of Illusions, The New York Trilogy or Leviathan, and has received numerous awards, including the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters in 2006.