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Socialite charged in her son's NYC hotel death

The socialite mother of an 8-year-old boy who was found dead in a swank Manhattan hotel has been charged with second-degree murder in what police said was an apparent murder-suicide attempt, authorities said Saturday.

Police said Gigi Jordan, 49, a native of Belgium, made incriminating statements to police after they discovered the boy lying faceup on a bed Friday in a 16th-floor room of the five-star Peninsula Hotel. The boy has been identified as Jude Michael Mirra.

Jordan could be arraigned at her hospital bedside at Bellevue Hospital Center, where she was in stable condition, police said.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Friday that prescription medicines and papers were found strewn in the hotel room. "Among the papers were what we believe to be a . . . suicide note," Browne said. He declined to detail the note's contents.

Police said a relative of the woman in Belgium called an NYPD precinct Friday morning to report that she had received an e-mail from the woman "indicating that she was going to kill herself and her son," Browne said.

The relative told police Jordan lived in a high-rise apartment building developed by Donald Trump near Central Park.

When uniformed police officers went to the doorman building, a manager there told them Jordan was staying at the Beaux Arts hotel building just off of Fifth Avenue.

The officers, with the help of security, opened the double-locked door only to find that a chair had been positioned to block entry.

After forcing their way in, they found the woman and the boy.

Browne said it was unclear how long the boy had been dead.

Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the city medical examiner's office, said an autopsy had been completed and the cause of death was pending, awaiting results of toxicology and tissue tests.

With AP

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