On Saturday, April 28th, police responded to a 911 call coming from Chestnut Avenue in Mamaroneck. When they arrived, they found a two-year-old girl in need of medical attention. They also found the child’s mother, 28-year-old Cynthia Arce holding a knife. Ignoring orders to drop the weapon, she was tasered by police. She assaulted two officers which caused the police to shoot her to stop the attack. The child, her mother, as well as four officers were taken to the hospital. The child was declared dead and the officers were treated for their injuries.
Lohud reported that on Friday, April 27th, police went to the home with a court order for Arce that stated that she was to surrender the child to her father, Stephen Boyd, who was also at the home. Arce refused to obey the order reportedly stating that she was unsure if the police had the authority to enter the home to take the child. Lohud also reported that Westchester Child Protective Services had visited the home earlier that day, but had left when no answered the door, according to Boyd’s lawyer. There has been no further information released regarding the cause of death for the child. Results of an autopsy are pending.
On Tuesday, May 1st, a Go Fund Me page was set up to help the family and has already surpassed its goal of $10,000. Arce has been charged with two counts of attempted murder of the two police officers. It is unclear at this time if she will be charged in the death of the child. Due to the recovery of her own injuries, she was unable to appear at the Village Court of Mamaroneck on Thursday, May 3rd. Her lawyer addressed the press after appearing before Village Judge Daniel Gallagher.
The Local Live reached out to the Village of Mamaroneck Police, but the department directed all questions to Village Attorney Robert Spolzino, who offered no comments due the ongoing investigation. Arce is scheduled to appear in court on May 17th. The Local Live will continue to follow this story and will provide updates as they are announced.