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Suburban New York woman surrenders in death of 6-year-old daughter

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CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.  — Authorities say a Westchester County woman has surrendered to authorities investigating the Easter death of her 6-year-old daughter.

According to The Journal News, Kathleen Dymes, 51, is charged with criminally negligent homicide, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh degree.

Dymes refused to answer reporters’ questions Wednesday as she was led from the Croton-on-Hudson police station. Dymes was in a wheelchair and had a brace on her leg. Police helped her into a waiting vehicle.

Lacey Carr was found in her bed on April 5. Her father, who lived elsewhere, called 911 when he could not wake her. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Prosecutors said an autopsy showed Carr had high levels of benadryl, morphine and diazepam in her system, the Journal News reported.

Authorities say Dymes was unconscious on the floor next to her daughter’s bed. She was hospitalized for nearly two months.

“This is a tragic accident,” her lawyer, Peter Tilem said.

He said most families keep medication in their homes that children could inadvertently access.

The family has started a GoFundMe page to contribute to the Lacey B. Carr memorial scholarship which they give to deserving high school students.