Mom May Plead Insanity in Hudson River Tot-Toss Case

Devi Silvia is accused of tossing her toddler in the Hudson River

Monday, Nov 21, 2011  |  Updated 8:24 PM EDT
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Mom May Plead Insanity in Hudson River Tot-Toss Case

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Prosecutors say they may agree to psychiatric hospital treatment, instead of prison, for a woman accused of tossing her toddler in the Hudson River.

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Kevin Wilson told a judge Monday prosecutors plan to OK having Devi Silvia plead not guilty because of mental disease. She's due back in court Dec. 2.

Under the plan, Silvia would be committed to a state mental hospital for at least six months. Then a hearing would determine whether she needed further detention.

Her lawyer didn't immediately return a telephone call after court.

The Indian-born Silvia jumped into the river herself in the May 2010 incident. She and her 19-month-old daughter were rescued.

She's charged with attempted murder.

A previous lawyer said Silvia has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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