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Mother of missing Schenectady baby facing charges

August 15, 2018 07:59 PM

Schenectady police have arrested the mother of a missing baby boy.

Heaven Puleski, mother of missing 4-month-old Rayen Puleski, has been charged with tampering with physical evidence, concealment of a human corpse, and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Police now believe a child's body they discovered last week is Rayen. An autopsy to determine to body's identity and cause of death hasn't been able to be completed yet due to the condition of the remains. However, Sgt. Matthew Dearing told reporter Abigail Bleck that they believe it's Rayen based on statements Puleski made to investigators.

Court documents show police allege Puleski placed baby's body in a plastic bag and then hid that bag in a grassy area.

Investigators believe Puleski hid Rayen's body between sometime July 17 and 23.

She pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon in Schenectady Police Court to the endangering charge, which is a misdemeanor. Bail was set at $20,000. The charge stems from the allegation that Puleski was high on heroin while caring for little Rayen.

The other charges are felonies and will be handled in Schenectady County Court.

Dearing said additional charges could be possible once the autopsy is done.

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