The death of a 6-year-old boy in Lansingburgh earlier this month has been ruled a homicide, and his mother and boyfriend "formulated a suicide pact," according to police.
Troy Police say that Davonte Paul died as a result of hypothermic shock. Paul was found unresponsive in a bathtub on Fifth Avenue in early February and was hospitalized with conditions indicative of hypothermia, according to court documents filed by Rensselaer County Child Protective Services.
He entered the hospital Feb. 9, and was in a coma until his death two days later.
Police add that in the days following Davonte's death, his mother, Nicole Bauer, and her boyfriend, Kevin Cox, intended to commit suicide in Pittsfield, Mass. On Feb. 14, Pittsfield Police responded to an overdose call at the Berkshire Inn on West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, where Cox and Bauer were found.
They say Cox, 40, had overdosed on heroin; a second syringe was found at the scene, believed to be intended for Bauer. Cox is currently hospitalized in Massachusetts "in grave condition," per police.
A TPD representative said he doesn't believe Bauer was medically treated, and that her other child, Davonte's 2-year-old sister, is currently in the care of Child Protective Services.