With tears in their eyes, the parents of the tragic Bronx girls killed by a faulty radiator began the grim task of moving items like pink comforters and clothes from the home on Friday.
“How do I feel? How does any parent feel right now? You know how I feel,” father Pete Ambrose, 35, said outside the Hunts Point building around 2 p.m.
“A lot of lawyers are calling asking to represent the case, but no one is really helping.”
Pete and Danielle Ambrose arrived at the Hunts Point Avenue building with cops and four other people, two men and two women, who helped them move out, carrying pink comforters and clothes out of the building. They left after about a half an hour.
Pete’s eyes were red and swollen as if he’d been crying, and at one point, he said he needed to go for a walk.
“I can’t be here,” he said.
The baby sisters — Ibanez, 2, and Scylee, 1 — died after being scalded by steam on Wednesday when the radiator they were sleeping next to malfunctioned. Their dad was napping in the other room at the time.
Annie Martinez, a neighbor and family friend who helped the couple move, said Danielle is “going through a lot of pain, and she’s very hurt right now.”
“She gave me everything of theirs,” Martinez said. “She said to give all of it to the kids in the building.”
The neighbor added that she’s had problems with her own radiator.
“The radiator isn’t there anymore,” she said. “It’s off.”
The grieving parents moved out of the building, which is one of the city’s “cluster sites” for the homeless, as the Department of Investigation announced it’s also probing the incident. The radiator itself is in NYPD custody, according to Housing Preservation and Development.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said Friday the specific cause of the radiator malfunction is still under investigation.
“We don’t know yet for sure, for a certainty, if there was a freak accident. We don’t know yet if there was some type of criminal negligence,” he said. “We don’t know if there was some shoddy inspection work that was done.”
Tenant Emmanuel Vazquez said he’s also had issues with his radiator, and has taken the building’s landlord Moshe Piller to court.
“I called 311, and he hates me,” Vazquez said. “I got him in court. He only cares if things are good in the front but the back is a mess. People are always breaking in.”
Pete and Danielle Ambrose want to leave the Big Apple for the holidays, according to the GoFundMe page set up for them.
“Thank you everyone for your kind words of support and donations,” reads a post by Pete Ambrose’s sister. “Pete and Danielle are working to get their vehicle registered and roadworthy, so that they might be able to get home to their families for the holidays.”