Attorney: Mom in NYC tot-in-river case is bipolar

June 21, 2010 12:45:57 PM PDT
A Manhattan defense lawyer says a woman accused of tossing her toddler and then herself into the Hudson River is a devoted mother and former math teacher derailed by bipolar disorder. Devi Silvia's lawyer told a court Monday that the incident last month was "very unfortunate, traumatic and completely out-of-character."

But prosecutors have said the 33-year-old told them she threw her 19-month-old daughter into the chilly water and jumped in herself because she was upset with her husband and wanted to spite him.

Both mother and daughter were rescued.

Silvia pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges.