Woman charged in death of autistic child

A 28-year-old woman has been charged in the death of a child with autism who died of dehydration, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

The Broward Sheriff’s office said that the mother, Jennifer Hagerty, of the 100 block of North East Palm Boulevard, was arrested on a charge of neglect of a dependent.

It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney.

Broward County Coroner John Linn said that Hagery was found unresponsive on the floor of her home on Monday night.

She had been in and out of the hospital and had suffered from hypothermia, Linn told reporters.

The child was taken to Broward Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Larrin said.

The Broward Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released the cause of death.

The child had autism.

Linn said deputies responded to the scene around 11 p.m.

Monday, where they found the child unresponsive and unable to speak.

The boy had a small cut on his head and had a black mark on his chest, Littman said.

Hagerty was taken into custody at her home and booked into the Broword County Jail.

She was released on $50,000 bond, according to jail records.