Grandmother Of Baby Killed Has Medical Emergency In Court

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — The mother of a Griswold woman accused of suffocating her 6-week-old son appeared in court on Friday on a charge of risk of injury to a minor in the same case.

During her arraignment, 58-year-old Linda Kennison had a medical emergency and left the court on a stretcher, according to news reports.

Kennison was coughing and wheezing throughout the proceeding and was rolled out of Norwich Superior Court into an ambulance, WFSB-TV reported. Her public defender, Jean Park, said Kennison suffers from thyroid cancer and asthma. She argued that her client should be released on a promise to appear in court, The Bulletin of Norwich reported.

The judge did not release Kennison, ordered her initial bond kept at $250,000 and ordered a medical watch for her. A message was left seeking comment with Park.

Kennison was arrested Wednesday and charged with risk of injury to a minor, two days after her daughter, Crystal Czyzewski, 35, of Griswold, was charged with manslaughter and risk of injury in the baby's death. Czyzewski is accused of killing her infant son by suffocating him with a blanket for 20 minutes and waiting hours before calling 911.

According to the arrest warrant, Kennison eventually admitted to police that she knew the baby was in distress hours before her daughter called 911, describing the infant as “limp, not breathing and not crying" and cold to the touch. However, Kennison told police she was scared and didn't know what to do, fearing she would be blamed for the child's death.

Kennison also told police she was initially not truthful with them because she loved her daughter and didn't want her to get into trouble. According to the warrant, Kennison acknowledged what she did was wrong but claimed Czyzewski was suffering from post-partum depression.

Czyzewski is being held on a $500,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 13.

Lawyer David Gaccione said he represents Czyzewski in an unrelated criminal case and is not involved in the manslaughter case, which has been assigned to the public defender's office, according to court records. It was not immediately clear which attorney has been assigned to her case and can respond to the charges.