Mass. mom pleads not guilty in son's hibachi death

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Posted: Apr 05, 2011 7:27 PM
Mass. mom pleads not guilty in son's hibachi death

A Massachusetts woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that she drugged her 8-year-old son and killed him while trying to commit suicide by lighting a hibachi grill inside a bedroom in their apartment.

Li Rong Zhang entered the plea through an interpreter during her first formal court appearance Tuesday. A judge ordered the 39-year-old woman to remain in custody until her Aug. 18 pretrial hearing.

Li was arrested in January, a day after her 16-year-old son found her and another son, Brandon Young, unconscious in their home in Quincy, south of Boston.

Firefighters who broke through a barricaded door into a second-floor room found the younger boy lying on the bed and his mother on the floor.

Li has undergone a psychiatric evaluation. Her attorney declined to comment.