Courtesy of New York Post: [https://nypost.com/2019/11/29/death-of-boy-slashed-by-his-mom-ruled-homicide-nypd/]
The death of a 6-year-old boy from the Bronx– who was slashed in the neck by his own mother — has been ruled a homicide, the NYPD said Friday.
Tyzavier Martin originally survived his mom’s attack back on April 27 but died about two months later on June 14.
The child had been standing in his school’s lunch line waiting for pizza when he suddenly collapsed and started bleeding and foaming from his mouth. It was only his second day back to school following the attack. At the time, police weren’t able to say if the death was related to his mom’s attack but this week, the city’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled that it was.
Tyzavier died from “asphyxia due to obstruction of airway by laryngeal granuloma complicating incised wound of neck,” the city’s ME said, adding the manner of death has been ruled a homicide.
Tyzavier’s mom, Shanice Martin, 24, has been held on Rikers Island ever since on attempted murder charges but could soon see upgraded charges in light of the ruling. The Bronx District Attorney’s Office said the matter is still under investigation and could not immediately confirm if or when Martin’s charges will be upgraded.
Martin, who’s struggled with homelessness and mental illness, allegedly attacked Tyzavier and her two-year-old daughter with a box cutter and left them bleeding on a Bronx street corner on a Saturday night back in April.
Martin then walked over to the nearby 42nd Precinct covered in blood and told police “Go ahead and arrest me.”
The children were rescued by good Samaritans and brought to the hospital but only Tyzavier’s sister survived the attack.
Martin was found to have a history of child abuse against Tyzavier prior to his death. In 2014, she lost custody of him because of neglect, law enforcement sources previously told The Post.
He was kept away from her for at least two years before he was returned to her care in 2016 by the Administration for Children’s Services.