Woman Kills Son, 8, in Posh NYC Hotel: Cops

Socialite's child apparently OD's in failed murder-suicide
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2010 3:54 PM CST
An NYPD vehicle is parked across from the Peninsula Hotel, Feb. 5, 2010 in New York. Police say a 9-year-old boy was found dead and his socialite mother near death in a room at the luxury hotel.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – An 8-year-old boy was found dead today in a luxury hotel in Manhattan after his socialite mother apparently botched a murder-suicide attempt, police say. Gigi Jordan, 49, was taken to Bellevue Hospital after being found "babbling incoherently" in her $600-a-night room at the Peninsula New York on Fifth Avenue. "She lawyers up right away," a source tells the Daily News. "She won't answer any questions."

Michael Jude, who was found wearing pajamas and "foaming at the mouth," appeared to have been dead for some time, sources said. His mother, crazed over the end of her marriage, left her home on the Upper West Side and checked into the hotel with the boy Wednesday. She sent an ominous email to a relative in Belgium, who alerted the NYPD. Jordan is expected to survive, the New York Post reports.

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