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Westchester mom gets 25 to life in killing of daughter

Posted: 4:49 PM, Oct 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-31 16:53:41-04

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A suburban New York woman who admitted to killing her 2½-year-old daughter and stabbing two police officers as they tried to help the child has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Cynthia Arce took a plea deal for the 2018 murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Gabriella Boyd (inset)

Cynthia Arce was sentenced on Thursday in Westchester County Court after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and attempted aggravated assault.

Gabriella Boyd was found unresponsive at her home in Mamaroneck in April 2018. Officers had gone to the home to enforce a court order to turn the child over to her father, but they were thwarted.

The officers returned the next day and were wounded by Arce, who was then shot after a stun gun failed to stop her.

At Thursday’s sentencing, Boyd’s father said Arce did not deserve to be called a mother.