Woman Charged in Death of Two Children, Including Ruthie Ann Miles’ Daughter, Found Dead from Apparent Suicide

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 23: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruthie Ann Miles with her daughter during the Actors’ Equity opening night Gypsy Robe Ceremony honoring MaryAnn Hu for ”Sunday in the Park with George’ at the Hudson Theatre on February 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)

The woman whose car struck and killed two children, including the daughter of Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles, has been found dead.


A friend checked on Dorothy Bruns, 44, after not hearing from her, an New York City Police Department rep tells PEOPLE. When police arrived, Bruns was unconscious and unresponsive in a bedroom with no obvious signs of trauma. She was pronounced dead on the scene by emergency medical responders.

Bruns died at her Staten Island residence by an apparent suicide, a second NYPD spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

She died of an overdose, according to a police source, and a note was found “expressing [her] desire to no longer live.”

In March, Bruns allegedly hit and killed two pedestrians in Brooklyn: Miles’ 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein and a 1-year-old named Joshua Lew. Miles, who was seven months pregnant, and Lew’s mother Lauren, a friend of Miles, were injured.

Two months later, Miles’ family lawyer Ben Rubinowitz announced that Miles and her husband Jonathan Blumenstein had lost the baby they were expecting. They had named the child Sophia Rosemary Wong Blumenstein.

Earlier in May, a Brooklyn grand jury indicted Bruns. She was arraigned on charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and assault, a prosecution source told PEOPLE at the time.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Emily Zauzmer