Croton Mom Pleads Guilty To Negligent Homicide In Death Of 6-Year-Old

The daughter, Lacey Carr, was found by her father on Easter Sunday.

Update (4/12/2016): Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty announced that Kathleen Dymes (DOB 10/28/63) of 144 Hastings Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, New York, was sentenced today to five years probation after having plead guilty on January 19th, 2016 to:

· One count of Criminally Negligent Homicide, a class “E” Felony,

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· One count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class “A” Misdemeanor,

· One count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor,

relating to the death of her six year old daughter, Lacey Carr.


Update (1/19/2016): Kathleen Dymes pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the indictment charging her with one count of criminally negligent homicide, a class “E” felony; one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a class “A” misdemeanor; and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class “A” misdemeanor in relation to the death of her six-year-old daughter, Lacey Carr.

Dymes’ faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison, however she  is expected to receive a sentence of probation, according to The Journal News. Her bail was continued at $25,000 cash or bond. The sentencing phase of her trial will take place on April 12th.

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The investigation into the death of 6-year-old Croton-on-Hudson resident Lacey Carr on Easter Sunday has resulted in a three-count indictment for her mother, Kathleen Dymes, including a charge of criminally negligent homicide.

Dymes, 51, has been charged with one count of criminally negligent homicide, a class “E” felony; one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a class “A” misdemeanor; and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a class “A” misdemeanor. 

A search warrant executed the day of Carr’s death by Croton-on-Hudson police led to the discovery of various over-the-counter prescription and illegal substances, as well as an open bottle of alcohol, scattered across the room.

“As alleged in the indictment, this defendant failed in her most basic role as a mother and caregiver: to ensure the safety and well-being of her child,” said District Attorney Janet Difiore, in a statement. “As a former nurse, she could know only too well the dosage and interactions of the drugs her daughter had ingested that led to her death.”

At 1:09 pm on Easter Sunday, David Carr, the victim’s father, called the Croton-on-Hudson Police Department, and said his daughter was cold and not breathing. At the scene, police and medical personnel discovered the body of Lacey Carr lying on the bed next to Dymes, who was unresponsive.

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CPR was provided for Carr while other medical personnel tended to Dymes. Lacey Carr was pronounced dead at 1:27 pm. Both her and Dymes were transported to Phelps Memorial Hospital.

Along with the drugs and alcohol discovered where the body of Lacey Carr was found were two hand-written notes.

Dymes was released on $25,00 bail. She is currently in a rehabilitation facility and will appear again in court September 29.

Kathleen Dymes, 51

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