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The son of award-winning novelist Paul Auster has been arrested for involuntary manslaughter in the drug-related death of his daughter in Park Slope, police said Saturday.
Daniel Auster, 44, was caring for his 10-month-old daughter Ruby on the afternoon of Nov. 1 when paramedics responded to a 911 call from the Brooklyn residence, authorities said.
First responders found the baby unconscious and unresponsive and rushed her to Methodist Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the New York police said.
An autopsy concluded that Ruby died of an overdose of fentanyl and heroin, authorities said.
A police spokesman said Saturday that he did not know how Ruby took the drugs.
Daniel Auster was arrested Friday night and charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, police said. He was awaiting arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court on Saturday.
Daniel pleaded guilty more than two decades ago to stealing $3,000 from drug lord André “Ángel” Meléndez. Melendez was infamously murdered by his roommate, New York “Club Kid Killer” party promoter Michael Alig, in 1996.
Two of Daniel’s neighbors told The Post on Saturday that after his daughter died, they walked through the apartment building where he lived and saw baby supplies outside for anyone to grab.
“Everything, all the baby clothes, the books, the toys, it was just heartbreaking,” said one of the residents who did not want his name used.
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
Paul Auster then married Siri Hustvedt, the Minnesota-born novelist and essayist, in 1978. His books include “The Blindfold,” “The Enchantment of Lily Dahl,” and his best-known work, 2003’s “What I Loved.”
Paul Auster has won numerous international awards and has been on the shortlist for the prestigious Booker Prize and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Both Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt have written fiction that includes characters apparently based on or inspired by their problems with Daniel, The Guardian reported in 2006.
In Hustvedt’s “What I Loved,” she wrote about the troubled relationship between an artist and her drug-addled son and her son’s stepmother. In the novel, the son, “Mark”, grows from a sweet little boy to a difficult and dangerous teenager who breaks his father’s heart and scares his stepmother.
Auster also reportedly
Auster also reportedly wrote a character based on Daniel in his 2004 novel, Oracle Night. The story is 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 live in Brooklyn, declined to comment when contacted by The Post on Saturday.