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Mother Accused of Strangling Queens Tot

The medical examiner ruled the boy's death was a homicide



    (Published Monday, Aug. 13, 2012)

    Authorities have arrested a 29-year-old mother on murder charges in the strangulation death of her 2-year-old boy son in Queens.

    Afriyie Gaspard was being held at a police precinct in the borough Monday.

    Her son, Izayah Hall, was found unconscious on Friday at 5 .m. in their Jewel Avenue apartment when police responded to a 911 call. The child was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

    The medical examiner determined Sunday the boy's death was a homicide.

    Police allege Gaspard strangled the chlid because he had been crying too much.

    It wasn't known if she had an attorney.

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