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Mother charged with murder, manslaughter after death of three-year-old boy in Niagara Falls

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Posted at 5:01 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 17:01:07-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Niagara County District Attorney announced an arrest has been made following the death of a three-year-old boy in Niagara Falls.

Christopher O'Neil Pizarro died on February 15 at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, his death was ruled a homicide.

Police say a 911 call came in on February 15 for an unresponsive three-year-old boy. The child was transported to NFMMC with a faint pulse. Medical staff worked on Pizzaro for over an hour before he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy performed at ECMC in February ruled the preliminary cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.

Officials now say the child's mother, 22-year-old Alechmarie Pizarro, 22, of Syracuse, has been charged with second degree murder and first degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Christopher.

Alechmarie Pizarro allegedly the committed the crimes between January 1, 2020 and February 15, 2020 while living in Niagara Falls.

“Any time there is a death of a young child it is very hard on our officers. I would like to thank the officers from the Patrol Division as well as the Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division and Crime Scene Unit for their perseverance in seeking justice for this boy. They were able to work through this difficult subject-matter and do an outstanding job putting this case together. I am very proud of their work," said Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Thomas Licata.

Pizarro is due back in court November 12, she is currently being held on bail.