Gloversville dad accused of punching infant in head

September 11, 2017 07:11 PM

A baby, little more than a week old, is fighting for his life. Gloversville police say his father hit the newborn in the head, causing traumatic injuries. Police say the 31-year-old man punched the newborn in the head during a violent domestic involving the infant's mother.

Andrew Allen of Gloversville is facing felony charges of assault, reckless endangerment and attempted assault. Police say he punched his 9-day-old son in the head Saturday morning at his apartment on Cherry Street.

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Police got the call about 7 a.m.

"When they arrived, they encountered the mother holding the child. She was upset and the child was obviously injured," explained Captain Michael Scott with the Gloversville Police Department.

The baby had to be airlifted to Albany Medical Center. Neighbors on Cherry Street say the house in particular has been a particular trouble spot – with noise and violence in an otherwise nice neighborhood.

"My father got up at 7:00 and that's when everything started to happen. Kicked him out of the house. Crime scene people showed up. It doesn't make this neighborhood look good at all. We're generally a quiet neighborhood until these people showed up," explained one neighbor.

The house itself is in disrepair with garbage and missing windows. Authorities say there is no power or water and neighbors say people have been living there for months. They would like to see the building boarded up or torn down. They want a stop to all the violence – especially against children.

"I'm just hoping the baby pulls through, because nobody deserves that," said the neighbor. "Nobody deserves to be beaten and I'm just really praying that the baby pulls through right now."

"This is the first week of this little boy's life and it's just a traumatic experience that's how he was brought into this world. It's sad," acknowledged Scott.

Police say the initial report was for a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain.

As of Monday evening, police say the baby was hospitalized in stable condition, but fighting for his life.


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