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Prosecutors: Young LI Mother let Kids Starve

Prosecutors: Young LI Mother let Kids Starve

Riverhead - (WALK) A Long Island mother is in custody, accused of starving her 10-month-old son to death and jeopardizing the life of her two-year-old daughter.

Louisa Givens (photo), 21, of Ronkonkoma, is being held on $250,000 bail following her arraignment Monday on charges of manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

Prosecutor say Givens called 911 on May 19, and said she found her son, Kayden, unresponsive and not breathing. Kayden Givens taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Suffolk Medical Examiner's Office determined Kayden had died of malnutrition and dehydration. Investigators determined Givens had left the child unattended for at least 17 hours before calling for help.  Prosecutors say Kayden weighed about 10 pounds and had been dead for several hours before Givens called 911.

Authorities say Givens' two-year-old daughter, Ava Johnson, was malnurished, dehydrated, and weighed just 15 pounds.  The girl was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center and recovered after several days of treatment. She is reportedly now in foster care.

According to published accounts, Givens was homeless after Hurricane Sandy and stayed with her children at a shelter in Farmingville.  In an interview with Long Island's Newsday Givens described desparate efforts to keep her son and daughter warm and fed.

Givens is charged with second degree manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of Kayden Givens, and with reckless endangerment in the first degree and endangering the welfare of her daughter, Ava Johnson. 

Louisa Givens pleaded not guity Monday, and was ordered held on $250,000 cash bail or $500,000 bond.  If convicted she faces up to 22 years in prison.


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