Defendant: La’Quanaya Ward (DOB 10/29/1990)

Jan. 7, 2020 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced La’Quanaya Ward of White Plains was indicted by a Westchester County Grand Jury on attempted murder and other charges in the attempted drowning of a child at the Coachman Family Center in White Plains Dec. 3, 2019.

Specifically, Ward was arraigned before Westchester County Court Judge George Fufidio on the following charges:

  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B felony
  • Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree, a class E felony
  • Attempted Assault in the Third Degree, a misdemeanor
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a misdemeanor

The judge set bail at $500,000. The next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 28, 2020.

On Dec. 3, 2019, the indictment alleges, La’Quanaya Ward tried to drown her toddler in a bathtub and endangered her other infant son before being stopped by another resident.

Westchester County Police responded to the Coachman Family Center, a County facility, following a report of the alleged incident by other residents. After an investigation into the incident, she was arrested Dec. 11, 2019.

Special Prosecutions Division Assistant District Attorneys Mary Clark-DiRusso, Deputy Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau, and Janelle Armentano are prosecuting the case.

If you, or anyone you know, has information about potential crimes related to this defendant you or they are encouraged to come forward and notify local police.

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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