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Westchester Mother Charged With Attempted Murder Of Child, DA Announces

Coachman Family Center in White Plains.
Coachman Family Center in White Plains. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A mother in Westchester has been charged with the attempted murder of a child after she allegedly attempted to drown an infant at a homeless shelter, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

White Plains resident La’Quanaya Ward, 30, was indicted by a Westchester County Grand Jury this week on multiple charges after she allegedly attempted to drown a child at the Coachman Family Center in White Plains.

It is alleged that on Tuesday, Dec. 3, Ward attempted to drown her toddler in a bathtub and endangered her other infant son before she was stopped by another resident of the shelter.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., said that County Police were dispatched to the Coachman Family Center following a report of the incident and the investigation led to the arrest of Ward on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Ward was charged with attempted murder, unlawful imprisonment, attempted assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Bail was set at $500,000, and her next court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28.

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