Child's body found in Schenectady; police won't say if it's missing infant

August 09, 2018 11:52 PM

SCHENECTADY -  Police confirm a child’s body was found behind an apartment building at 766 block of State Street in Schenectady early Thursday evening.

They have not confirmed the identity of the child. But police were at the same scene yesterday looking for 4-month-old Rayen Puleski.


Schenectady Police started looking for the baby and his mother, Heaven Puleski, on Tuesday.

Heaven Puleski was found at a nearby motel on Wednesday and was taken in for questioning. Her family members tell NewsChannel 13 she was not cooperative with investigators.

A coroners van pulled up to the scene earlier this evening and then leave shortly after.

Puleski’s family members said they haven’t been getting any information from police, despite their numerous attempts to find out what’s happening with Heaven and Rayen. Schenectady Police stress this is an ongoing an active investigation and that they will confirm details as soon as they can.

Puleski‘s family members were frustrated on Thursday evening because other news organizations posted to social media saying it was Rayen’s body found at the scene.

They were upset because they thought police had confirmed that information with media outlets before they did so with the family.

However, Schenectady Police are not confirming that information. They say they’re going to have an autopsy done on the child’s body to confirm the identity and cause of death.

In the meantime Puleski‘s family is frustrated and waiting for answers.

“I explained my worries about this baby,” Puleski’s aunt Lisa Dutcher said. “Rumor had it that he was sold for drugs. Rumor had it that he was being harmed. Rumor had it that he was not around and he’s not been seen in over a month.”

“No one has returned any calls,” Puleski’s brother Tony Palleschi said. “Obviously it didn’t happen to them [police] so they really aren’t affected as much as we are. Somebody needs to come up with answers for this.”

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 both on-air and online for updates on this developing story.


Emily Burkhard

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