Police: Boy found dead in luxury Manhattan hotel

February 5, 2010 12:40:20 PM PST
New York City police say a 9-year-old boy was found dead and his socialite mother near death in a room at a luxury Manhattan hotel. Police said they're investigating the death at the five-star Peninsula Hotel just off of Fifth Avenue as a possible murder and attempted suicide. They say prescription drugs may have been involved.

Police say the 49-year-old woman's relatives contacted police around noon Friday, saying they feared the child was in danger. They first went to her luxury apartment complex off of Central Park and then to the hotel.

The boy and woman were found in their room at the Peninsula, a $600-a-night hotel near designer Manhattan boutiques.

Police say the woman was hospitalized in critical condition. A hotel spokeswoman declined comment.