AS A BRONX family yesterday mourned the death of a little girl who choked on a piece of candy, a Queens child tragically died the same way last night, cops said. Ashely Morrison, 4, of Jamaica, lost her life after a peppermint ball apparently became lodged in her throat, cops said. Her father tried desperately to save her, but it was no use. "She touched me and I turned around and I looked. I could tell she was choking, gasping for air," the anguished dad, Festus Morrison, 41, told the Daily News last night. "She couldn't breathe. I could see she was crying for daddy.
" The little girl was rushed to Mary Immaculate Hospital about 7 p.
m. and died at 8:10 p.
m., cops said. Nurses found two of the unwrapped round candies still in Ashely's pocket. Morrison, a construction worker, said Ashely was with him as he worked on a friend's house across the street from his St. Albans home when she began choking. "I am hurt so bad inside I don't know how I'm going to make it," Morrison said. Ashely's heartbroken mother, Marcia Johnson, described her daughter as a "kind and happy little girl," who was in preschool. "She loved everybody," the mother said, breaking into tears. "I want her back.
" An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. The tragedy came a day after 5-year-old Jocelys Santiago of the Bronx choked to death on a peppermint ball while running up the stairs to her mother's classroom at the Salvation Army Child Care Center in Melrose. "I wish I was there. I could have saved her," Jocelys' father, Jose Santiago, 36, said yesterday. "If I was there, she would have asked me, 'Daddy, can you break this [candy] for me?
' " Jocelys' tearful parents called her "Daddy's No. 1 girl" who loved to dance and sing karaoke-style to religious music, and had a penchant for painting. She was eager to graduate from kindergarten next month and take a summer trip to Sesame Place in Pennsylvania with her grandmother. The distraught Bronx family said yesterday they are planning to sue candy makers to get them to add warning labels to large hard candies, advising of the choking hazard. "This candy took my daughter's life away," said Jocelys' mother, Coralys Cruz, 45. "It didn't even say choking hazard. The company should put a warning on the candy, not to give it to kids.
" Jocelys' wake will be held tomorrow and Sunday at the Rivera Funeral Home in the Bronx, followed by a funeral there on Monday morning. Burial will be at St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx. nbode@nydailynews.
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