Posted at: 10/01/2013 11:28 AM
| Updated at: 10/01/2013 6:12 PM
By: WNYT Staff
Gloria Nelligan has been convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter for the beating death of her 8-year-old grandson.
File / WNYT
Guilty of murder and manslaughter.
That's the verdict announced for Gloria Nelligan on Monday.
The Schenectady woman was charged with beating and torturing to death her own eight-year-old grandson, Sha'hiim, all because he stole a pack of chewing gum.
Nelligan, 43, showed little or no emotion at the verdict. Meanwhile, Sha'hiim's own mother, who had lost custody of the boy to Gloria and then moved to New York City, told us she still loves Gloria.
“I love my mother, she did what she did and if you do the crime you have to do the time but I don't hate her,” says Keila Nelligan.
The prosecutor says Gloria, even after tying Sha'hiim to a chair, stuffing a sock in his mouth and beating him viciously for twelve hours straight, refused to call 911 until it was too late.
“The help he was requesting the next morning when he was lying on the ground and he was crying 'help me, help me' and the doctors at the hospital came in and testified that if he had gotten help at that point that he could have left the hospital alive,” said Prosecutor Christina Tremante.
Neilligan opted for a non-jury trial. Judge Karen Drago delivered the guilty verdicts after two weeks of testimony.
His grandmother claimed Sha'hiim injured himself, slipping in the bathtub. The prosecutor says medical testimony clearly showed the boy was tortured
"What she did to him was just cruel and no child deserves that,” says Tremante.
Sha'hiim's mother, Keila, hugged friends outside court.
“My son, he can finally rest in peace,” she said.