A two-year-old Queens boy was “screaming, crying, and kicking” over the weekend. So his mother strangled him to death, according to authorities.
Afriyie Gaspard, 29, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the August 10 death of her son, Izavah Hall.
Prosecutors say that about 3:30 p.m. on the aforementioned date, the boy was throwing a bit of a tantrum at Gaspard’s apartment at 155-14 Jewel Avenue in Queens. To get him to stop, Gaspard allegedly “put both hands around her son’s neck and squeezed his neck for approximately one minute until he stopped crying.”
Gaspard later told police the boy then fell to the floor and started gasping for air. She then picked him up off the floor — saw his eyes “wide open” — and “roughly” put him down on his bed.
The boy continued to make “gurgling sounds” after getting slammed on the
bed. When Gaspard checked on the boy 45 minutes later, his eyes were
partially open, and he was unresponsive.
Dr. Sean Kelly, of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, examined
the body and found “small, oval bruises on both sides of
the neck; hemorrhaging within the ocular muscles of the eye; multiple
areas of hemorrhage within the structures of the neck including the
musculature; petechial hemorrhaging in the eyes; and bruises to the back
of the head.”
According to Kelly, the neck and head injuries are
consistent with manual strangulation, and consistent with what Gaspard told police.
According to Gaspard’s Facebook page, she’s “not working at the moment” so she can be a “stay at home mom.”
In addition to the manslaughter charge, Gaspard has been hit with charges of first-degree assault,
first-degree strangulation, and endangering the welfare of a child. She
faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.