Hudson Valley Mother Guilty For Infant’s Drowning Death
A Hudson Valley mother admitted she caused her infant daughter’s death.
Thursday in Ulster County Court, 26-year-old Kayla Pagan pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide for the drowning death of her 10-month-old daughter, in a bathtub at their home in Marlboro.
In August 2016, Pagan was indicted by an Ulster County Grand Jury for one count of criminally negligent homicide, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.
According to Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, on July 8, 2016, Pagan left her daughter for several minutes in a plugged bathtub filling with water while she attended to other minor things inside and outside of her Marlboro home.
The child’s father, Richard Ryerson, returned home from work to find his daughter floating face down in a bathtub full of water.
The father took the child from the tub, started CPR and called 911. CPR performed by the father and a neighbor, with instructions from the 911 operator, did not save the child’s life.
Pagan remains in Ulster County Jail. She is scheduled to be sentenced in May.