2012-12-05 / Front Page

Pregnant Plea From Pomonok Murder Mom

By Liz Goff

A 29-year-old Kew Gardens Hills mother indicted on charges she strangled her 2-year-old son last summer, has asked a Queens judge for better living conditions at Rikers Island because she is pregnant with her seventh child,

Afriyie Gaspard is charged with choking Izayah Hall, 2, to death inside the family’s apartment at the Pomonok Houses at 155-14 Jewel Avenue on August 10, because the boy had been “kicking, screaming and crying,” a criminal complaint states.

Gaspard left the boy lying on his bed with his “eyes wide open,” making “gurgling sounds” for about an hour before she called 911 for help, the complaint states.

Gaspard told EMS workers who responded to the scene that she “tried to wake the boy up, but he didn’t respond.” The boy was taken to New York Hospital of Queens where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Doctors determined the little boy had been strangled, police said.

Gaspard, who has a history of child abuse complaints, was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Her five other children were placed in the care of the city Administration for Children’s Services while Gaspard has remained in custody on Rikers Island.

With another child on the way, Gaspard is asking the court for more lenient living conditions at the Queens jail.

Her attorney, Edward Muccini, recently advised the court of his client’s condition and said she has been struggling with “harsh” living conditions at Rikers Island. Muccini asked for the court’s help to have his client’s living conditions relaxed while she awaits the birth of her latest child.

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