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B'klyn mom charged

in son's death

Police arrested a Brooklyn mother Monday in the death of her 19-month-old son.

Anna Thomas, 20, of Flatbush, was charged with manslaughter in the Sunday night death of her boy Justin Stephens. Officers received a 911 call about an emotionally disturbed woman about 7:52 p.m. and when they arrived found the baby unconscious and unresponsive.

He was taken to Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, police said. A cause of death wasn't revealed by authorities Monday evening.-- amNewYorkNyad swims to

raise Sandy aid

Swimming 110 miles from Cuba to Florida was apparently just a warm-up.

Beginning at 8 Tuesday morning, swimmer Diana Nyad will swim for 48 hours straight in a pool set up in Herald Square to support superstorm Sandy recovery efforts while raising money for AmeriCares, the global health- and disaster-relief organization.

"As we near the one-year anniversary of . . . Sandy, it's crucial that we recognize the importance of disaster relief," Nyad, 64, said in a statement.

Nyad, who was born in New York City and swam around Manhattan in 1975, will be joined at various times by Olympic gold medalists Nastia Liukin and Ryan Lochte, comedian Michael Ian Black, fitness guru Richard Simmons, Jersey Shore's Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, "True Blood's" Joe Manganiello and "Twilight's" Nikki Reed. Justin Tuck of the Giants also is scheduled to take a dip.

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The "Swim for Relief" event, underwritten by Procter & Gamble, will be held in a 120-foot long two-lane pool erected for the event in Herald Square.Those interested in donating or starting their own fundraising efforts can log on to

Tattooed suspect

sought in burglary

Police are searching for a heavily tattooed burglar who broke into a Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, home near Avenue Z and East 27th Street through a back window the evening of Aug. 31 and made off with an iPhone, jewelry and watches worth an estimated $135,000.

The NYPD Monday released a video captured by the homeowner's surveillance camera that depicts the burglar holding a penlight between his teeth while he combs through the homeowner's personal belongings with gloved hands.


A tattoo of praying hands is on the burglar's right forearm and a bulldog is on his right shoulder, police said. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477.

Metro-North service

back to normal

Metro-North Railroad service between Manhattan and Connecticut is back to normal, MTA officials said Monday.

Nearly two weeks after a failed electrical circuit cut power to the New Haven line and reduced rail travel to half of typical service, the commuter rail line returned to a full schedule of trains for rush hour Monday morning to Grand Central Terminal.

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Metro-North said a new electrical substation was activated in Mount Vernon, N.Y. An electrical circuit had failed, disrupting service since Sept. 25.

The return to normal rail service also should bring relief to commuters along Interstate 95, the Merritt Parkway and other highways in southwest Connecticut that were choked with motorists seeking alternative routes into New York.

Metro-North is working to refund ticket holders unable to get train service during the 12-day outage.

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