New York City Special Education Teacher Charged in Death of 8-Year-Old Disabled Daughter

The girl, who had cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, was found dead in her mother's Yonkers apartment in June 2012

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    A New York City special education teacher has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter.

    The Westchester County district attorney's office said Wednesday that the mother, Nicole Diggs of the Bronx, "engaged in an ongoing course of neglect."

    The district attorney's office said the girl, Alayah Saverese, did not receive adequate food, medical care or hygiene. It said she was often kept home from her special school without adequate supervision.

    The girl, who had cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, was found dead in June 2012 at Diggs' apartment in Yonkers, where she lived at the time.

    A call to Diggs' lawyer, Harvey Loeb, was not immediately returned.

    The Department of Education says Diggs has been reassigned away from students pending the outcome of the case.

    The district attorney said a second person is being sought in the case.

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