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Services Set For Westchester Mother Who Pleaded Guilty In Daughter's Death

Kathleen Dymes
Kathleen Dymes Photo Credit: Contributed

Services for Kathleen Dymes, of Croton-on-Hudson, who died unexpectedly on Friday due to health complications, will be held on Wednesday in Garrison.

Dymes, who pleaded guilty in her 6-year-old daughter's death, was found dead on Friday at the Apple Motor Inn on Saw Mill River Road, according to her former attorney, Peter Tilem.

"Her death, life much of her life, is tragic," Tilem said.

Tilem, who represented Dymes during her trial, said the woman never recovered from the coma she was in following the death of her daughter, Lacey Carr, on Easter Sunday 2015 of a drug overdose.

The girl was found dead in a family home in a bedroom full of drugs, painkillers, and alcohol.

"She never got over her daughter's death and she never got over the medical problems she suffered as a result of the coma," he added.

Dymes had pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, child endangerment and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to probation in April 2016.

Tilem said he had been in touch with the family who is "terribly upset with her sudden passing."

"They never had a chance to grieve for Lacey and now they are grieving for Kathleen," he said. "They need privacy and, finally, a chance to heal."

A visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the St. Christopher's Inn (Graymoor), 21 Franciscan Way, Garrison. A Prayer service will be held following at 7 p.m. Cremation services will be private.

The family said it wishes to thank all of her friends, family and community members for all of their love and support during this hard time.

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