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Caregiver Pleads Not Guilty to Murder in Myls Dobson Death

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014  |  Updated 3:33 PM EDT
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The caregiver accused of starving and torturing 4-year-old Myls Dobson while his father was in jail has been indicted for murder in the child's death.

Kryzie King, who pleaded not guilty to assaulting and endangering Dobson in February, was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault charges Thursday. She entered a plea of not guilty and a trial was set for Sept. 17.

Prosecutors say King seared Myls' leg with a hot oven rack, bound him with shoelaces, whipped him with a wire, beat him with a belt and watched him starve before he was found unconscious in her Times Square apartment in January with burns and cuts on his body.

In April, the city medical examiner's office ruled Dobson's death a homicide. Medical examiners cited child abuse syndrome, a term that generally encompasses multiple injuries. 

Myls' mother lost custody of him in 2012. He was left in King's care when his father was arrested in December on charges of failing to show up for court in an unrelated New Jersey case.

The boy was happy and healthy when King took charge of him, prosecutors say, but his body was bruised, burned, laced with cuts and 10 to 20 pounds lighter when he died.

The city Administration for Children's Services missed possible signs that Myls was at risk earlier in his life, including the fact his father was in jail while he had custody of the boy from September 2012 to February 2013, officials said after a review. Agency case workers had been told the father was at work during their repeated visits to the home, officials said.

The review prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce a list of changes to the agency, such as expanding its access to law enforcement databases to assess whether caregivers are reliable.
 

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