Mom in fatal Henry Hudson DWI crash in court

December 1, 2009 12:25:40 PM PST
A New York City mother accused of killing one of her daughter's young friends in a drunken-driving crash has been brought to court for the first time in the manslaughter case. A tearful Carmen Huertas sat quietly Tuesday during a brief procedural appearance in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

She's confined to a psychiatric ward nearly two months after the wreck.

Her only other court appearance was by video link from the hospital.

Prosecutors say the 31-year-old drank for hours at a family gathering before piling seven children into her car to take them to a slumber party. The Oct. 11 crash on a Manhattan highway killed 11-year-old Leandra Rosado.

Defense lawyer Steven Rubin says Huertas is a caring person who "made a terrible mistake."