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Mother who pushed son off a bridge to pursue insanity defense

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 15, 2015 1:18 AM
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(Allentown) -- Court documents show a Lehigh County woman accused of killing her 20-month-old son by pushing him off a bridge into a river in Allentown will pursue an insanity or mental health defense at trial. 

Twenty-year-old Johnesha Perry is charged with criminal homicide and child endangerment in the May death of Zymeir Perry. Lehigh

County prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty if she is convicted of first-degree murder. 

Defense attorneys said in a recent motion that their client has a long history of mental illness. 

Perry allegedly pushed the boy off Allentown's Hamilton Street Bridge into the Lehigh River before jumping in herself.

The boy was pulled out of the water about 700 yards downstream, but died six days later.  
      

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