Woman arraigned in drowning death of child

YOUNGSTOWN — Adrianne L. Hudson, 31, was arraigned Friday in Youngstown Municipal Court on felony involuntary manslaughter and misdemeanor child endangering charges in the Sept. 29 drowning death of her cousin’s child at a home in the 1900 block of Ridgelawn Avenue on the West Side.

The child who died is Londyn A. Cayson, the 20-month-old daughter of Michael Lee Cayson Sr. and Rochelle Annette Hudson, according to the child’s obituary. Londyn “loved playing with her cousin and loved all the songs by Gracie’s Corner,” the obituary states.

Adrianne Hudson remains in the Mahoning County jail in lieu of $75,000 bond after being booked into the jail Thursday, according to jail records. She is scheduled to return to court at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. The charges were filed against Hudson Oct. 11 in Youngstown Municipal Court. If Hudson is convicted of involuntary manslaughter, she could get several years

in prison.

Albert Boykin, 31, was charged with misdemeanor child endangering Oct. 11 in the case. He was arraigned Oct. 20 and returns for a second hearing at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 4. He pleaded not guilty and was released on an own-recognizance bond, meaning he did not have to pay anything.

His charges accuse him of being one of two adults who failed to supervise two children found to be in a kiddie pool that had water in it, according to Youngstown police.

The case stems from an

incident at 3:42 p.m. Sept. 29 when Hudson was watching the child when she realized the child was gone. Hudson said the child and another child were playing in the front yard, and Hudson was talking to another relative, according to a Youngstown police report.

“She stated that after talking for a few minutes, they noticed that (the child) was missing. They went around the back of the house and found her floating in the pool,” a police report states.

“She advised that about five minutes elapsed between when she saw (the child) playing and when they found her floating in the pool,” the report states.

An ambulance came and took the child to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. Officers learned later that the child died.

A juvenile male advised police he had driven up to the home on Ridgelawn and saw the two toddlers playing in the front yard. He said he was talking to Hudson for about five minutes when he realized one of the two children was missing.

He went around the house and saw what he thought was a baby doll in the pool. When he looked closer, he saw that it was a child and pulled her out of the water. Information such as the juvenile male’s name, age and address were not given in the police report.

Boykin also is not named in the report, but the names of a male and two females are blacked out in the report.

Detectives and crime scene personnel were notified to carry out an investigation, which they did, along with a coroner’s investigator.


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