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Cops check laptop of NYC mom after son's death

Police experts were examining the laptop computer and other personal electronic devices of businesswoman Gigi Jordan, the Manhattan mother arrested Friday in the death of her 8-year-old son at the Peninsula Hotel.

Investigators secured multiple search warrants for laptops, desktops and other devices in order to search for clues as to why the distraught 49-year-old Jordan wanted to take her son Jude's life, said police spokesman Paul Browne.

Police broke into a room on the 16th floor of the hotel Friday after an aunt of Jordan in Belgium said the Manhattan woman indicated she wanted to kill herself and her son, who reportedly suffered from autism. Officers found Jordan on the floor by the bed, upon which her dead son was found, according to investigators. Prescription pills and documents were strewn around the room, said police.

A note left by Jordan in the hotel room told police that the reason for her actions could be found on a laptop computer for which she left a password, according to a police official. Police secured search warrants for that computer and Jordan's other electronic devices and were working to preserve any evidence, said Browne.

Autopsy findings on Jude, also known as Jude Michael Mirra, were awaiting the results of toxicology reports, said a spokeswoman for the city medical examiner.

Jordan has been confined to a hospital bed and is in police custody.

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