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Homicide Charge Dropped Against New York City Teacher in Death of Disabled Daughter, 8

A New York City special education teacher who was accused of killing her severely disabled daughter by neglecting her is no longer facing a homicide charge.

An indictment unsealed Tuesday alleges only child endangerment against Nicole Diggs and her husband, Oscar Thomas.

Diggs' 8-year-old daughter, Alayah Savarese, died in 2012. Prosecutors say the Yonkers girl didn't receive proper nutrition or medical treatment.

A previous indictment alleged negligent homicide. It was dismissed in part because of a suggestion the girl's $2 million trust fund was a motive in her death.

An assistant district attorney said Tuesday that before going to a second grand jury prosecutors decided "some facts had changed" and the homicide charge was inappropriate.

Diggs and Thomas have pleaded not guilty to the endangerment charge.

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