Death of 6-year-old boy who collapsed in school months after his own mom slashed his throat is ruled a homicide, mom's charge to be upgraded to murder
The New York City Medical Examiner ruled Tyzavier Martin's death a homicide and traced it to a horrifying incident three months earlier where his 24-year-old mother Shanice Martin slashed his and his sister's throat.
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: The death of a six-year-old Bronx boy who died after suddenly collapsing in the lunch line at school has been ruled a homicide.
Tyzavier Martin was rushed to the Lincoln Hospital on June 14 after he passed out without warning while waiting for pizza at P.S. 5 in Port Morris, the Bronx, according to the New York Post, but could not be saved.
On Friday, November 29, the New York City Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide and traced it to a horrifying incident three months earlier where his 24-year-old mother Shanice Martin slashed his and his sister's throat.
The ME ruled that Tyzavier died from "asphyxia due to obstruction of the airway by laryngeal granuloma complicating incised wound of the neck."
The NY Daily News reported that Martin slashed his throat "from ear to ear" on April 27 before inflicting the same injury on his little sister. After the attack, she abandoned the young children near the corner of Washington Ave. And Brook Ave. in Morrisania the same night.
Pedestrians who noticed the dying children flagged down a passing police cruiser, which rushed them to Lincoln Hospital. They were then transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in upper Manhattan.
After the children had been taken to the hospital, Martin walked to the 42nd Precinct stationhouse a few hundred yards away and turned herself in. She is said to have handed over the blood-soaked razor she used in the attack to the authorities and announced, "Go ahead and arrest me."
Both children survived and were put in the care of their father. A few weeks later, it appeared as though Tyzavier was well enough to return to school, but the injuries would prove fatal just on his second day back.
Martin was initially facing charges of attempted murder in connection to the attack but is likely to see them upgraded after her son's death. She has been incarcerated at Rikers Island since her arrest in April.
The 24-year-old reportedly struggled with homelessness and mental illness and was found to have a history of child abuse against Tyzavier before his death as well. She lost custody of him in 2014 due to neglect but had him returned to her in 2016 by the Administration for Children’s Services.