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Mother indicted for neglecting her handicapped child, who died

WHITE PLAINS – A Bronx mother has been indicted on a charge of felony criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the death of her eight-year-old daughter.

Nicole Diggs, 21, the mother of the victim, Alayah Saverese, allegedly engaged in an ongoing course of neglect that lead to the child’s death. During the timeframe of the incidents, Diggs lived in Yonkers.

Alayah, a severely disabled child with cerebral palsy and a serious seizure disorder, was not provided with adequate food. Throughout the timeframe, Diggs did not take her daughter for appropriate medical care including a specialist to address her need for increased nutrition. Her health and hygiene were severely neglected and she was frequently left in dirty clothes and unbathed.

Although Alayah attended the Cerebral Palsy School of Westchester, where she received physical, speech and occupational therapy, Diggs and a second individual involved in the child’s death, frequently kept her at home with inadequate supervision.

Diggs, who is being held in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or bond, faces up to four years in state prison if convicted.