Westchester Mother Indicted For Murder In Death Of Toddler, Attack On Police

Months after she allegedly killed her 2-year-old daughter and attempted to stab two police officers offering aid, a Westchester woman has been indicted for murder and multiple attempted murder charges.

Cynthia Arce
Cynthia Arce Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office
Gabriella Maria Boyd
Gabriella Maria Boyd Photo Credit: Contributed/Martin Rose

Mamaroneck resident Cynthia Arce, 29, was indicted on Wednesday on charges related to the death of her toddler daughter, Gabriella Boyd, in their home earlier this year. 

She is also facing a host of charges for attacking two village police officers with knives as they attempted to offer an assist, according to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr.

According to the indictment, on April 28, members of the Mamaroneck Police Department responded to a Chestnut Avenue home, where there was an emergency call from Arce’s mother - who also lived with the family - reporting that someone was dying. Upon arrival, they found Boyd unresponsive on her bed.

Officers attempted to immediately resuscitate Boyd, while others checked the house, where they found Arce in an adjacent bedroom with the door closed. 

Police said that Arce had her hands behind her back and refused to comply with orders to show her hands. When she did finally consent, she raised her arms above her shoulders, revealing two large knives, one in each hand.

Scarpino said that Arce charged at the officers, slashing at two of them. When tasers failed to subdue her, a third officer shot her, promptly ending the confrontation. Two of the officers suffered injuries in the struggle. 

Police continued efforts to keep Boyd alive in the meantime until paramedics arrived. The toddler was transported to White Plains Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

An autopsy performed by the Westchester County Medical Examiner determined that Boyd’s death was a homicide. 

Arce was taken to Westchester County Medical Center, where she was treated for several weeks for her gunshot wounds. 

She was subsequently arrested at the hospital, charged, and remanded to the Westchester County Jail, where she has remained remanded since.

Arce was indicted on Wednesday on one count of second-degree murder, for the death of her daughter. 

She was also indicted on two counts each of attempted aggravated murder, attempted aggravated assault and assault, all felonies. Her arraignment is currently pending.

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