Emily De Vito
Updated: December 23, 2019 11:09 PM
Created: December 23, 2019 10:41 PM
LATHAM – A six-week-old baby boy from Cohoes was laid to rest Monday night. A funeral service was held for Eli Ojeda-Harmon. The baby died after Cohoes Police said he ingested methamphetamine inside an apartment on Van Vechten Street.
The funeral was arraigned out of the compassion and kindness of the hearts of people in the community.
"The Albany County Coroner’s Office and Craig Apple from the Albany County Sheriff’s Department got together and decided to get things moving a little bit quicker so we could collectively between the three of us make a nice service for Eli,” explained Kevin Cavanaugh the owner of Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home in Latham.
Cavanaugh donated everything for the funeral. He got involved through his brother, Tim Cavanaugh, who is the Albany County Coroner. The two went to Eli’s mother, who police have said was not involved in the child’s life when he ingested meth, so they could hold the service.
“Once he was able to make contact with the mom, then he and I went together we met with her we sat down and she signed the necessary authorizations for this to happen,” said Cavanaugh.
In attendance at the service was law enforcement from many agencies, Cohoes firefighters and nurses from Albany Medical Center the hospital Eli was brought to the day he died. Also in attendance were many community members who didn’t even know baby Eli.
“Some strangers that have never met this baby that are going to just come by to offer good prayer and well wishes that he's entering into the gates of Heaven,” said Cavanaugh.
A Priest from Our Lady of Assumption baptized and blessed Eli as people, including Eli’s mother, said their final goodbyes Monday night.
The service was also in some ways heartwarming, showing just how amazing a community can be.
“I think it's important for everybody to know that Albany County has some special people in it and you hear about it here and there but when you actually experience it and live it it's been heartwarming for us all,” said Cavanaugh.
Anthony Ojeda, who police have said is Eli’s Father, was charged with manslaughter and assault in connection to his death. He is being held at the Albany County Jail.
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