New York mom confesses to trying to drown her two-year-old in bathtub

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Close up of an old, dirty, porcelin bathtub, faucets and grout with mildewed ceramic tiles

WHITE PLAINS, NY – A White Plains woman who tried to drown her infant child at the Coachman Family Center in 2019 has pled guilty to attempted murder, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced.

La’Quanaya Ward, 30, pled guilty on Oct.14, 2021, to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a felony. She faces a sentence range from a minimum of five years to a maximum of 25 years in a state prison.

On Dec. 3, 2019, Ward attempted to drown her two-year-old child in her bathtub at the Coachman Family Center in White Plains, where she was a resident, shortly after making verbal and online threats. Ward was stopped by another resident who forced her out of the bathroom, allowing the child to come up for air.

The Westchester County Department of Public Safety investigated the incident and arrested Ward on Dec. 11, 2019.


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The case is before Judge Barry Warhit in Westchester County Court and is being prosecuted by Child and Elder Abuse Bureau Senior Investigative Counsel Mary Clark-DiRusso. Ward is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 20, 2022.