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Suffolk County mother charged with manslaughter in death of 10-month-old son

RIVERHEAD - A mother was arrested Sunday on a grand jury indictment warrant and today in Suffolk County court on a charge of manslaughter in the second degree for recklessly causing the death of her 10 month old son last May.

Louisa Givens, 21, was indicted by a grand jury on December 26 and charged with manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of her son Kayden Givens, age 10-months.   She is also charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree and endangering the welfare of her daughter, Ava Johnson, who is approximately 2 and one-half year old and is now living in foster care. 

Givens pleaded not guilty to the charges at her arraignment Monday.  Bail was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.  The defendant, represented by legal laid, will be assigned a court-appointed attorney this Friday, January 3.

The defendant called 911 on the evening of May 19 and said she found her son Kayden Givens unresponsive and not breathing.  The investigation found the baby had been left unattended for at least 17 hours before the defendant called for help.  The baby was pronounced dead at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital.  The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the boy died of malnutrition and dehydration.

The victim’s older sister, who emergency response personnel determined was suffering from dehydration and malnutrition, was transported to University Medical Center in Stonybrook where she recovered after nine days of treatment.

The forensic investigation of the boy’s death and the criminal investigation of the crimes committed against both children required months of toxicological and other tests to determine the cause and manner of death of the baby, Kayden Givens, and the circumstances that led to the charges of reckless endangerment in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child related to the defendant’s daughter Ava Johnson.