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Mount Vernon Mayor Calls For Unity, Provides Resources After Toddler Death

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas is encouraging residents to be supportive of one another after a woman was charged with manslaughter in the death of her daughter last week.
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas is encouraging residents to be supportive of one another after a woman was charged with manslaughter in the death of her daughter last week. Photo Credit: File

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- In the wake of a toddler’s mother being charged with manslaughter in the child’s death last week, Mayor Richard Thomas is urging the community to come together and support one another.

Deasia Bartee was arraigned on a charge of first-degree manslaughter in the death of 15-month-old Samia Yusef Aug. 5 and is due back in Mount Vernon City Court on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

In an effort to prevent another tragedy, Thomas has announced a list of resources to help those who find themselves overwhelmed by their circumstances.

“Mount Vernon is a family, and we must take care of one another,” the mayor said. “We must lift each other up and rely on our faith in God and in each other to pull through these tough times. Many people may find themselves unable to cope with stressful situations, so it is important to know that help is out there.

“If someone you know is struggling, it’s important to reach out and get him or her the help they need. Financial strain, personal trauma, family conflict and natural disasters can all contribute to putting families, parents and loved ones at risk. The Mount Vernon Police Department is continuing to prioritize community engagement, so they are able to identify families on the brink and provide services before tragedy occurs.”

The following list of community resources and phone numbers are available to those in distress:

  • United Way, 211 Andrus Children’s Center, 914-965-3700.
  • Family Services of Westchester, 914-668-9124.
  • Montefiore Mental Health Service, 914-664-8000, ext. 7199.
  • Westchester Jewish Community Services, 914-668-8938, ext. 304.
  • Guidance Center of Westchester, 914-665-6641.
  • Child Protective Services of Westchester, 800-342-3720.

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