Long Island Mother Charged in Starvation Death of Toddler Son

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    Louisa Givens

    A Long Island mother has been charged in the death of her toddler son, accused of starving him and neglecting both him and his sister, authorities say. 

    Louisa Givens, 21, of Ronkonkoma, surrendered Monday after being indicted by a grand jury on Dec. 26, according to Suffolk District Attorney spokesman Robert Clifford. 

    Givens' 10-month-old son died in May, and the Suffolk medical examiner determined in October the boy was malnourished and dehydrated, Clifford said.

    Prosecutors say Givens called 911 the evening of May 19 and said her son was unresponsive and not breathing. An investigation found the baby had been left unattended for at least 17 hours before she called for help.  

    Givens' 2-year-old daughter Ava Johnson has been hospitalized for similar issues, according to Clifford. The girl is now in foster care. 

    The mother is charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the alleged neglect of her daughter.

    Givens, who's currently being held on $250,00 cash bail, is due back in court Friday. She's expected to be assigned a court-appointed attorney at that time. 

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