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Long Island Mom Gets Time Served In Child-Starvation Death

Louisa Givens, 21, is accused of starving her children. Her baby son died of malnutrition, the Suffolk ME determined. (credit: Suffolk County Police)

Louisa Givens, 21, is accused of starving her children. Her baby son died of malnutrition, the Suffolk ME determined. (credit: Suffolk County Police)

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A Long Island mother who pleaded guilty in the starvation death of her 10-month-old son has been released from jail, but has been barred from seeing her daughter.

Louisa Givens, of Lake Ronkonkoma, was sentenced to time served plus five years of probation by a Suffolk County judge on Wednesday.

Givens’ son Kayden died in May, 2013 of dehydration and malnutrition. Kayden weighed 13 pounds at the time of his death, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported in December.

Judge John Toomey said the young mother isn’t allowed contact with her 3-year-old daughter, Ava Johnson, until September 2022. At 2 1/2 years old, Ava weighed 15 pounds when authorities intervened and had to be hospitalized for nine days, Hall reported.

Investigators said there was sufficient food in the house for the children when they were found.

Givens’ lawyer said the 22-year-old is distraught over the loss of her son. He said she’s fighting through family court to have a part in her daughter’s life but realizes that could take time.

Givens pleaded guilty in July to reckless endangerment and attempted manslaughter.

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