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Jailed man granted leave for child's birth

CARMEL (AP) -- A man awaiting trial on charges that he killed a Bronx woman while driving drunk in the suburbs will get out of jail temporarily after his second child is born.

Judge James T. Rooney in Putnam County approved the order for James M. DeMartino Jr. who faces trial on second-degree murder, DWI and other charges in June.

Police allege that DeMartino was driving at a high rate of speed, crossed the double-yellow line and crashed into another car in November 2010 on Route 22 in Southeast. Michelle Mathis, a passenger in the other car, was killed.

The Journal News said the judge granted the defendant a six-day leave after prosecutors consented to the defense request.

It's unclear when the baby is due.



Police charge man in nephews' poisoning

SYRACUSE (AP) -- A Syracuse man angry over getting tossed out of his brother's home is accused of poisoning his sibling's two toddlers by pouring bleach in their milk.

Police said Friday that Aaron Hickman, 20, had been living with his brother but got into an argument with him Wednesday night and was told to leave. Before leaving, Hickman poured bleach into a container of milk in the refrigerator, police said.

The brother's 1- and 3-year-old sons drank the milk Thursday morning and got sick, suffering severe vomiting and diarrhea, police said. The boys were treated at a hospital.

Hickman is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.