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Source: woman accused of son's death tried suicide

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Manuela Maria Morgado (Village of Mamaroneck Police photo) Manuela Maria Morgado (Village of Mamaroneck Police photo)

A suburban New York woman accused of murdering her 4-year-old son had been engaged in a long custody fight for him and tried to commit suicide immediately after the killing, a person in law enforcement said Tuesday.

Manuela Maria Morgado, 46, was semiconscious when police found her and the dead boy in a bedroom of their third-floor Mamaroneck condo on Monday morning. Police said a relative had called and asked them to check on Morgado.

She "had taken some type of pills" and left notes at the scene, the person in law enforcement told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details had not been made public.

A court document says the killing could have occurred as early as 8 p.m. Sunday.

The boy, Jason Reish, is the subject of a custody battle between Morgado and his father, Dr. Timothy Reish, a Manhattan orthopedist who specializes in sports injuries, the person said. Police said the mother and father were never married.

A lawyer for Dr. Reish issued a statement on Wednesday saying:  "We would most respectfully request that the media respect the privacy of Dr. Reish and his family during this time of mourning.  the events which led to the untimely death of our beloved Jake are both incomprehensible and unimaginable.  We will never be able to comprehend the heinous actions of Jake's Mother.  We leave this matter in the capable hands of the authorities to secure justice for Jake and our family."

The cause of the boy's death was not announced. An autopsy was planned.

Morgado was arraigned Monday night on a second-degree murder charge after being evaluated at a hospital. She is being held without bail.

Morgado did not yet have an attorney but was expected to have one in time for an appearance Thursday in Mamaroneck Village Court.

Mamaroneck is about 18 miles northeast of Manhattan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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