Cohoes dad charged in infant's death

WNYT Staff
Updated: December 04, 2019 11:10 PM
Created: December 04, 2019 02:36 PM

A Cohoes dad is arrested in the death of a 6-week-old baby.

Police say 38-year-old Anthony Ojeda of Van Vechten Street is charged with manslaughter.


Police say this started as an EMS call on Tuesday where Ojeda, who is the baby's biological father, said the child was born premature, had woken up from a nap, and thrown up several times.

The child was later pronounced dead at Albany Medical Center.

After police investigated, they say they learned it was much more than the child being born premature.

"The biological father of the child is stating that he believes that the child got into a substance that was left in the house and that he was having a medical emergency," said Det. Lt. Jason Johnston of Cohoes Police Department. "He ultimately didn't seek treatment for that because he was concerned for his well-being, legally, and that led to ultimately the baby's death."

Police didn't say what that substance was. However, court documents say it was methamphetamine. It's still unclear how the infant got a hold of the drug.

Police say no one else was home at the time.

In addition, police say Ojeda has also admitted to an assault involving the same infant last month when the baby was just two-weeks-old - and that assault involved broken ribs.

NewsChannel 13 continues to follow this story. We will bring you updates as we get them on and our future newscasts.

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