New York woman charged with death of Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles' toddler found dead at residence
When police arrived, 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns was unconscious and unresponsive in a bedroom with no obvious signs of trauma
A woman who killed two children in a car accident, one victim being the daughter of Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles, was found dead. Speaking to People, a New York Police Department representative said a friend checked on 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns after not hearing from her. Responding officers found Bruns unconscious and unresponsive in her bedroom with no preliminary signs of trauma. Emergency medical responders declared her dead at the scene.
According to NBC 10, pills and a suicide note were reportedly found at Bruns' Staten Island residence. A second NYPD spokesperson corroborated the report and told People she died by apparent suicide. Bruns allegedly hit and killed two pedestrians in Brooklyn back in March, including Miles’ 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and a one-year-old named Joshua Lew. Others injured in the accident were Miles, who was seven months pregnant, and Lew’s mother Lauren, a friend of Miles.
Ben Rubinowitz, Miles' family lawyer, announced two months later both Miles and her husband Jonathan Blumenstein had lost the baby they were expecting. She was allegedly named Sophia Rosemary Wong Blumenstein. A Brooklyn grand jury indicted Bruns earlier in May. A prosecution source told People that she was arraigned on charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and assault.
The outlet had previously understood from sources in law enforcement that Bruns claimed she had experienced a seizure at the time of the crash. Bruns ran the red light and crashed into parked cars, dragging Lew's stroller halfway down the street while the baby was still in it, sources alleged. That said, she had previously been ticketed for breaking traffic signals.
“Abigail was excited to be a big sister,” a source told the outlet in March. “She was the brightest little spirit. Every time you were around her, your heart couldn’t help but shine. She had the sweetest laugh and the loveliest personality. She was very much like her mother. Ruthie was a wonderful mother. She always put Abigail first and was really dedicated to spending time together. The two had a very tight bond. They were inseparable.”
Miles returned to the stage in August for the first time since the heartbreaking tragedy, performing in the revival of The King and I, which later earned her a Tony Award in 2015. At the time, co-star Kelli O'Hara wrote on Twitter: “She is singing like an angel and commanding the stage with a heavenly force. An inspiration to all. I knew you would want to know.”