Children died despite warnings in New York Family Courts

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As Kevin Cox labored to breathe, Nicole Bauer wrestled with a grave decision: whether to watch her boyfriend die or call 911.

It was Valentine’s Day, and the couple were in Room 238 of the Berkshire Inn in Pittsfield, Mass. The night before, four days after Bauer’s 6-year-old son was found unresponsive in a bathtub in their Troy residence, Cox and Bauer had written suicide notes and made a pact to die together.

While Bauer was sleeping, the 40-year-old Cox, who would later be charged with homicide in connection with the boy’s death, had taken what he believed to be a fatal injection of heroin. But Bauer had been unable to follow through with killing herself.

Finally, Bauer called for help to save Cox’s life. It was her second 911 call in five days.

Earlier that week, Bauer had called 911 from and told a dispatcher her son Davonte Paul was unresponsive in the tub. She told first-responders who arrived on the scene that her son had drowned. But Davonte had bruises all over his body and dried blood in his mouth and nose — and no water in his lungs. Suffering from severe hypothermia, he remained on life support at Albany Medical Center Hospital for two days before dying.

By the time Bauer and Cox fled to Massachusetts, the mother’s story of Davonte’s purported drowning had unraveled. Cox would later be charged with killing the boy. He has pleaded not guilty.

The tragic events leading to the death began taking shape months earlier in […]

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