Mental health to be focus of Allentown mother’s defense

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Defense attorneys for a young mother accused of having killed her 20-month-old son by pushing him off a bridge and into a river are focusing on their client’s mental state.

The Morning Call reports that 20-year-old Johnesha Monae Perry of Allentown was arraigned Monday in Lehigh County on homicide and child endangerment charges in the May death of Zymeir Perry.

Chief public defender Kimberly Makoul said scheduled mental health evaluations “will shed a lot of light as to her mental state” at the time.

Police say Perry kissed her son on the forehead before pushing him off the bridge and into the Lehigh River 52 feet below. Two Allentown police officers recovered the baby about 700 yards downstream, but he was taken off life support six days later.

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