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Ex-Officer Charged in Baby’s Death

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Associated Press

A former police officer has been charged in the death of a baby delivered after his mother, brother and aunt were killed in a drunken driving accident.

An indictment announced Tuesday charged the driver, Joseph Gray, with second-degree manslaughter in the baby’s death.

Gray already has pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter and other offenses in the Aug. 4 deaths of the baby’s mother, Maria Herrera, 24; her 4-year-old son, Andy; and her 16-year-old sister, Dilcia Pena.

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Herrera was eight months’ pregnant at the time of the accident. Her baby was delivered by Caesarean section.

Brooklyn Dist. Atty. Charles Hynes said the child had a heartbeat for 12 hours after the delivery.

Gray, 41, a 15-year veteran, resigned last week. His is accused of going on a drinking binge before mowing down the family on his way to work.

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