The death of 8-year-old Alayah-Rose Savarese


Alayah-Rose Savarese was a severely disabled girl who couldn’t walk, talk or feed herself. She had cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, but it didn’t hold back her smile. Alayah, who lived with her mother, died June 25, 2012 after years of reported neglect despite the fact that her mother had access to a $2.1 million trust to take care of her. In November 2013, I highlighted the little girl’s case. Seven months later, her mother was charged with criminally negligent homicide.

Here’s the original story:

I found Alayah left behind a $2.1 million estate:

Alayah’s mother, Nicole Diggs, a special education teacher in New York City, was charged:

A week later, Oscar Thomas, who was left to care for Alayah, was charged:



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