Mother Arrested in Mamaroneck Incident that Resulted in Child’s Death


Gabriella Maria Boyd 2, died after a domestic incident in Mamaroneck during which police shot her mother. Photo: Martin Rosen


A GoFundMe site has been set up to defray costs of the child’s funeral  

The Westchester D.A. says the mother of the child that died after a police-investigated domestic incident in Mamaroneck Saturday is under arrest.

The tragic incident on Chestnut Avenue April 28 resulted in the death of  2-year-old Gabriella Maria Boyd. Two Village of Mamaroneck police officers were injured by the child’s mother, who was also wounded by police.

The toddler was pronounced dead at the hospital on Saturday, but her cause of death hasn’t been determined. 

Cynthia Arce, 28, the child’s mother, was placed under arrest Tuesday at the Westchester County Medical Center where she is being treated for a gunshot wound sustained during the incident with police officers.

She is charged with two counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder of a Police Officer, class A felonies. She is scheduled to appear in the Village of Mamaroneck Court Thursday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m.

The felony complaint alleges Arce attacked the two Village of Mamaroneck police officers who responded to a 911 call at the house where Arce lived with her mother and her toddler daughter. The DA’s office says Arce repeatedly slashed and stabbed at the officers with two large sharpened instruments.  

Police Officer Osvaldo Ramos sustained a large laceration to his left hand as he tried to protect himself and Police Officer Joseph Gaglione, who had fallen to the floor, sustained a wound to his foot as he was kicking at the defendant to block her attack. No other charges have been filed at this time.

Village Police have come under scrutiny for not removing the child from the home the day before the incident when the child’s father presented a court order.

“The circumstances that gave rise to this tragedy, including the events which took place Friday April 27, 2018, are the subject of the ongoing investigation. To the extent that it has been reported that in a conversation held Friday evening between the attorney for the child’s father and an Assistant District Attorney wherein the ADA characterized the custody issue as a civil matter, we stand behind her statement,” the District Attorney said in a statement.

Westchester County Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy on the child.

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