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The mother of the 2-month-old boy found dead inside a Manhattan homeless shelter hotel has been criminally charged after investigators determined she allegedly slammed the tot against something in their room, police said Tuesday.
Cops showed up at the Candlewood Suites hotel on West 39th Street near Ninth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen around noon Sunday when Antonio Diaz’s mother reported that he wasn’t breathing.
Officers found him unconscious and unresponsive, and EMS rushed him to Mount Sinai West Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police determined that Antonio’s mother, Alyssa Owens, 24, had pushed him up against something, cops said.
She was charged late Monday afternoon with assault and acting in a manner injurious to a child, police said.
The charges may be upgraded pending the results of an autopsy, according to cops.
Police initially said Monday that the baby’s death appeared to be the result of sudden infant death syndrome.
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