Mamaroneck mother unable to face judge due to injuries

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A Mamaroneck mother, whose daughter died this weekend, was unable to face a judge in court Thursday because she is still at Westchester Medical Center recovering from gunshots wounds.

Cynthia Arce, 28, has been arraigned on two counts of aggravated attempted murder after police say she wounded two officers at her home last Saturday afternoon.

Mamaroneck village police say they went to the home on Chestnut Avenue to answer a 911 call. Upon arrival, they found Arce's daughter, 2-and-a-half-year-old Gabriella Maria Boyd, seriously wounded. Police have since released the 911 tape.

According to investigators, Arce attacked police with a knife as they tried to help the child. Both officers suffered slash and stab wounds.

Arce was shot by police and is recovering, but the young girl was later pronounced dead.

The medical examiner report states the cause of death for the toddler is inconclusive. At this point, no one has been charged in her death.

Richard Portale, the lawyer who represented Angelika Graswald in the Hudson River kayak killing case, has been retained as Arce's lawyer. A hearing was held Thursday to transfer Arce's case from legal aid to Portale.

Arce's attorney called the incident a tragedy while requesting a two-week adjournment at her hearing Thursday at Village Court because she is still in the hospital.

The district attorney, who's handling the case, spoke out publicly for the first time, saying that there is a multi-agency review team that reviews all child fatalities and the investigation could take weeks or months.

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