- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A caregiver accused of beating and starving a 4-year-old New York City boy isn’t planning to pursue a psychiatric defense in her murder case.

Kryzie (KRIHT’-zee) King’s lawyer said Wednesday it’s unlikely King will raise any defense that would be based on claims of a psychological problem. Attorney Bryan Konoski wouldn’t discuss what King’s defense would be. She has pleaded not guilty.

The boy, Myls Dobson, was found unconscious last January in King’s apartment. Medical examiners ruled Myls died of child abuse, including dehydration.

Court documents say King told police she’d battered Myls but said he suffered his fatal injury in a fall.

King was caring for Myls while his father was jailed. His mother had lost custody.

The case spurred changes at the city’s child welfare agency.

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