Mother charged in death of 2-year-old son

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — A woman has been charged with manslaughter in the beating and shaking death of her 2-year-old son, days after her boyfriend was in a Buffalo court on the same charge.

Keona Owens was arraigned in Buffalo City Court Friday. Like her boyfriend, Bashar Hall, she’s being held on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says Owens was arrested Thursday as police continued to investigate Tuesday’s death of Xavion Hazzard.

Investigators say Hall is not Xavion’s father but that the 23-year-old Hall and 22-year-old Owens have two daughters together, ages 1 and 2 months.

Hall is due back in court Monday. A hearing for Owens is scheduled for July 25. Both are expected to be assigned lawyers to represent them.

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