Schenectady Woman Charged with Dropping Baby in Pipe Faces Indictment

Schenectady Woman Charged with Dropping Baby in Pipe Faces Indictment

Persia Nelson, a 24-year-old woman from Schenectady, has been indicted in county court after being accused of dropping her 10-month-old baby, Halo, down a pipe on General Electric’s campus. The case has drawn significant attention, prompting discussions about the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident.

Nelson appeared in Schenectady City Court where her public defender, Stephen Signore, confirmed that she has been indicted on two charges. While the specific charges were not disclosed, it is anticipated that they will closely resemble the charges brought forth in the initial court proceedings. Nelson faces allegations of murder and second-degree manslaughter in connection with Halo’s death.

Regarding Nelson’s mental state and its potential impact on the trial, Signore refrained from commenting, citing it as premature. He described his client as being deeply saddened, highlighting her anguish as that of a mother who has lost her child.

The events leading up to Halo’s tragic death began when Nelson was found at the GE campus inside a heated utility building. She claimed to have no recollection of how she arrived there or the whereabouts of her baby. A subsequent search led to the discovery of Halo in a utility tunnel, submerged in muddy water. Tragically, the infant succumbed to exposure.

Schenectady Woman Charged with Dropping Baby in Pipe Faces Indictment

Reports indicate that Nelson had been at an address on Campbell Avenue the night before the incident, where she was purportedly drinking and smoking marijuana. Text messages from GE employees described her as vomiting and soaked from the waist down upon arrival at the campus.

During Nelson’s court appearance, family members were present, many adorned in jackets bearing Halo’s image. Signore noted that he had only been in contact with Nelson’s mother, who was among those in attendance. It remains unclear whether the family’s presence was in support of Nelson or memory of Halo.

Signore refrained from commenting on Nelson’s potential intoxication, emphasizing the need to thoroughly examine all evidence provided by the district attorney’s office before making any assertions. He underscored his commitment to ensuring a fair defense for his client.

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As the legal proceedings unfold, the community awaits further developments in the case against Persia Nelson. The indictment marks a significant step forward in seeking justice for Halo, whose life was tragically cut short under circumstances that continue to evoke shock and sorrow.

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