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Man Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter In Mount Vernon Toddler Death

Bronx native Carlton Brown has pleaded guilty in his role in the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter in Mount Vernon.
Bronx native Carlton Brown has pleaded guilty in his role in the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter in Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - A Bronx man has pleaded guilty for his role in the death of his girlfriend’s toddler in Mount Vernon nearly two years ago.

On Wednesday, acting Westchester County District Attorney James McCarty announced that Bronx native Carlton Brown, 33, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of first-degree manslaughter for his role in the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2014, Brown alerted police that a child was in danger in Mount Vernon after falling off of a bed. The toddler was taken to Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital for treatment. The following morning, she was transferred and admitted into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx.

According to the District Attorney’s office, “medical personnel from both hospitals called in reports to the New York State Central Registry. The Mount Vernon Police were subsequently alerted and detectives were assigned to investigate when the victim passed away two days later.

A day after the toddler’s death, an autopsy performed by the New York City Medical Examiner’s office determined that the cause of death was abusive head trauma and the death was ruled a homicide.

In court, Brown would later admit to subjecting his victim to blunt force trauma about her head and forcibly shaking her body, causing her to sustain abusive head trauma, retinal hemorrhages, which were ruled the cause of death.

Brown faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. He has been remanded to prison and is due to be sentenced on Thursday, July 28.

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