3-Year-Old Naama Markovits a”h Drowns in Lawrence


candle-small5[Update below. Levaya and shivah info below.] 5 p.m.: A 3-year-old frum girl in the Lawrence, NY, community has drowned and the woman who was believed to be caring for her at the time has been hospitalized. The toddler was in an in-ground backyard swimming pool in Lawrence, when the accident occurred early this afternoon.

Police Lt. Kevin Smith says investigators suspect the adult caretaker – a woman in her 30s – was in the pool with the little girl and may have slipped into the deep end of the pool, dropping the child.

Officials said the young girl and her babysitter were rushed to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway after they were pulled out of the water about 2:45 p.m. by a man painting the girl’s house on Beechwood Drive.

It’s believed the young girl’s 5-year-old brother found the two floating in the pool and ran to tell the painter. The painter apparently tried to do CPR on the two while calling 9-1-1.

Smith says the babysitter is on a ventilator.

Boruch dayan emes.

Update, 7:26 p.m. EST: The levaya of 3-year-old Naama Markovits a”h, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Yehuda and Cindy Markovits of Lawrence, NY, will be held tomorrow afternoon, at 1 p.m., at Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv, located at 1 Cedar Lawn Avenue in Lawrence.

The Markovits family will be sitting shivah at 2 Beechwood Drive in Lawrence. The phone number there is 516.371.9299.

Umacha Hashem dimah mei’al kol ponim.

We regret, as well to report the passing of the babysitter. May her family be consoled.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter/with AP reporting}


  1. Don’t tell me the summer tragedies are staRTING already. Every year we have such terrible news. Can we hav e one summer without horrible news like this. ONE summer??? Please???

  2. Extremely, extremely terrible news. We are next door neighbors to the family. Baruch Dayan Emes. So hard to hear these things especially for those close to the family. May they see only happiness in the future.

  3. #6, she WAS being watched like a hawk, someone was holding the child. She slipped!!!! what other precuations should there be? Two adults to each child in a pool??? some things are from above, no matter how much hishtadlus we do.

    May Hashem comfort the families!

  4. I was a student in her grandmother’s speech class. I wish Mrs. Basch nothing but happiness for the rest of her life. <3 Dasi

  5. to #16
    Stop with this ‘frum yid’. She was not. Shw wasnt even jewish. So what? she is a human being, mother of 3. It is such a shame for both – Naama and her baby sitter.

  6. #16 SHAME on you.
    Mah Hakesher to whether she was a “frum yid”?!- she was a human being created by G-d. Baruch Dayan Emet.

  7. 23, I don’t know where you get off calling yourself a ben torah but that’s not the torah i know. I sincerely hope you don’t work in kiruv because your manner is odious enough to me, born and raised frum, let alone how it would appear to someone just learning about Yiddishkeit.

  8. My sincere condolences goes out to the family of the baby and also the family of the babysitter. This is a tragedy that was never planned, life of short and no one knows when our turn will be,Please do not pass judgement on the babysitter. THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT that could of happen to anyone. Very sad R I P

  9. So sorry , cindy ( babys mother) is a very sweet , beautiful and lovely young lady. The entire family very supportive of shulamith school. Mrs. Basch ( grandmother)a terrific teacher and play director. Baruch dayin emes!

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