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A Long Island woman was charged Monday in the death of her infant son after she allegedly starved him to death and left her young daughter weighing just 15 pounds, according to a Dec. 30 report in Newsday.

Louisa Givens, 21, of Ronkonkoma, was arrested Sunday night after being indicted on manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges, a spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney’s office said.

Givens is accused of severely neglecting her children, which authorities allege caused her 10-month-old son, Kayden, to starve to death.

Suffolk County police officers found the infant’s lifeless body in May after responding to a 911 call for a child who wasn’t breathing. When the officers arrived, they discovered Kayden had been dead for hours.

An autopsy later revealed he died of malnutrition and dehydration, officials said.

Kayden’s 2-year-old sister, Ava, weighed just 15 pounds when police found her brother’s body and removed her from Givens’ care. She spent nine days recovering at Stony Brook University Hospital and is now in foster care.

Givens pleaded not guilty Monday to the criminal charges, according to the Newsday report. She was represented by the Legal Aid Society, which does not comment on individual cases.

A judge ordered Givens held on $250,000 bail or $500,000 bond. She remains in custody, as of Monday evening, according to jail records.

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