A New York mother shot by police after she stabbed two officers who tried to help her unresponsive toddler has been named as Cynthia Arce. Her two-year-old daughter, Gabriella Maria Boyd (pictured) was confirmed as dead later that same day
The dying two-year-old girl who cops desperately attempted to save despite her knife wielding mother’s attacks, has been pictured.
Cynthia Arce, 28, was shot by police during the incident at her home in Mamaroneck, New York on Saturday.
She remains in hospital while her daughter, Gabriella Maria Boyd, was confirmed as dead later that same day.
Authorities have not yet released any details about the manner of her death but NBC report it is being investigated as a homicide.
‘I would call this a tragedy,’ Sgt. Sandra DiRuzza of the Village of Mamaroneck police Department said Saturday.
Cops were called to the property over reports about a woman screaming.
When officers arrived on the scene around 1.30pm they found the two-year-old girl unresponsive, but when they tried to help her, Arce charged at them knife in hand, according toABC7.
Upon entering the home, officers asked Arcer to show her hands as they called an ambulance and tried to help the little girl. Instead of complying, the mother attacked and stabbed two officers with the knife, police say.
Officers responded by using a taser and opening fire.
‘The female then attacked the officers with a knife, injuring two of them,’ Village of Mamaroneck Police Sgt. Sandra DiRuzza in a news conference.
‘Tasers were deployed, which failed to stop the female. The female was then shot by one of the officers,’ she added.
Officers attempted to save the life of the toddler and called for an ambulance, and both mother and child were taken to the hospital, where Gabriella later died.
The cause of the little girl’s death is pending an autopsy.
Martin Rosen, the attorney for Gabrielle’s father Stephen Boyd, blames the police for failing to seize the toddler from her mother was suffered from mental health issues.
He warned: ‘If the coroner finds out there’s been foul play, that is going to bring about some serious consequences in dealing with the question of accountability about what this took place.’
But even without the autopsy results, he believes ‘absolutely’ that the police should have been more forceful about intervening to seize Gabriella after the court ordered her father should be given full custody.
He adds that his client was ‘falling apart at the seams’ over the tragic death of his daughter.
Cynthia Arce stabbed two police officers with a knife in this Marmaroneck, New York home on Saturday after cops tried to help her two-year-old daughter
Boyd said, in his affidavit, that Arce was diagnosed previously as bipolar and had made multiple attempts to take her own life.
‘She was involved in substance abuse at one time,’ Rosen said.
In a press conference, the lawyer said that he had successfully petitioned for an order granting his client temporary, full custody of Gabriella, after he received a call from Arce which was ‘very disturbing’ and ‘sounded like the woman was in terrible distress and perhaps about to hurt herself’ around April 22.
It came shortly after she told him she’s been kicked out of her mother’s house and had nowhere to stay. But by April 27, she was back in her mother’s home.
‘We immediately took steps and made an application to the family court by an order to show cause seeking to temporary custody of the child,’ he said in the interview with LoHud.
He said the family judge agreed to grant temporary physical custody to Boyd and he directed Arce to stay away from her daughter and her ex.
Rosen said the order was signed on Friday and Boyd immediately took it to the local police department to serve it on Arce.
But when they went to Arce’s mother’s home, Boyd was stunned by the lack of action by police to save his daughter from harm.
‘The police and my client went to the address where the child was located.
‘Upon knocking on the door, the respondent opened the door and was served with a copy of the order. Then when the police required and requested the child be given to them she refused and shut the door.
Police were called to the scene around 1.30pm after receiving calls about a woman screaming
‘(Boyd) asked police to implement the court order and gain entry to the house and seize the child. They refused. They said they had some doubts whether they had the authority.
‘(Boyd) was really helpless.’
Rosen, who said he was ‘really angry’ about the tragedy which followed, said he called both the police department and the assistant district attorney beseeching them to enforce the order – but they refused.
‘They took the position they could not enter the house. They didn’t cite any precedent, they only indicated they had some questions about the authority.
‘At which time I indicted, “Who was I to call the Marines? The Army? The Navy? Why not the local police?”‘
Rosen says he only learned about the incident on Saturday at 4pm – two and a half hours after the 911 call was made by Gabriella’s grandmother.
The attorney says he was told ‘to come to the precinct, at which time I think he learned the child was in the emergency room he then went to the hospital where he met his parents and other relatives, at which time he was told the child had died.’
Arce remains in hospital after being tasered and shot during the incident on Saturday, while two officers received minor injuries and another two were evaluated, according to CBS2.
‘I saw cops coming down the block, ambulances coming down the block, firetrucks. It was obviously something big, because it was like every cop in the world,’ a witness on the scene told CBS.
‘There were several officers running with assault rifles,’ another added.
Neighbors say the suburban area is usually very calm but police were spotted at the home the night prior. It is not clear if Friday night’s police visit is related to the Saturday incident.
Mamaroneck Police Sgt. Sandra DiRuzza, pictured above, told press that after she stabbed officers, police used a taser on the woman and shot her and she is in the hospital recuperating
On Friday night two officers went to the home on 507 Chestnut Avenue and spoke to a man.
‘I just looked out the window, and it was like two cops were talking to him. And I was like, ‘I wonder why,” a witness told ABC.
‘There’s a variety of people that live there. One is a youngish mother, I believe,’ they added.
Another local said no one knows who lives in the home as its rooms are rented out.
‘That house had rented out rooms for a while so that’s like the one house we don’t really know exactly who they are,’ Kyle Wildenberd said to ABC.
The investigation is ongoing as police is it is unclear if she will face charges.