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Long Island Baby Starved to Death, Sibling Also Found Malnourished

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A young baby and toddler were found neglected by their mother on Long Island. They were so malnourished and dehydrated that the baby boy died. The toddler required hospitalization for several days.

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A 10-month old boy on Long Island was allegedly starved to death by his mother and his two-year-old sister was also found malnourished, according to prosecutors in the case against 21-year old Louisa Givens, of Ronkonkoma.

Givens has been charged with manslaughter for starving her son, Kayden Givens, to death and endangering the welfare of her daughter, Ava Johnson. Givens faced arraignment on Monday.

According to Suffolk County prosecutors in the case, the baby boy was left unattended for at least 17 hours before a call for help was made. The young boy was pronounced dead at the hospital and a medical examination determined the boy died of malnutrition and dehydration.

Givens’ daughter was also found to be malnourished and has been placed in foster care. She was treated at the hospital and recovered after nine days.

Prosecutors say Givens called 911 on the evening of May 19 after she found her son unresponsive and not breathing.

When police arrived, the 10-month-old boy weighed only 13 pounds and the two-year-old girl weighed only 15 pounds.

Givens pleaded not guilty. Bail was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond. The next court date is Friday.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]