Schenectady mom indicted in infant son's murder

October 24, 2018 06:33 PM

Heaven Puleski has been indicted on second-degree murder for the death of her 4-month-old son.

It was roughly 2 1/2 months ago when Rayen Puleski's body was discovered wrapped in plastic and hidden behind a Schenectady home.


Puleski, 38, is facing the possibility of spending the rest of her life locked up behind bars.

The six-count indictment unsealed Wednesday in Schenectady County Court charges Puleski with one-count of second-degree murder, and two counts of manslaughter, along with concealment of a human corpse, evidence tampering, and child endangerment.

The district attorney's office hasn't been able to pinpoint the exact time or place of Rayen's death. However, they believe he died between July 17 of this year and August 9, the day his body was discovered. That's a period of more than three weeks during which several police agencies and members of the community were searching for the child.

However, even though authorities don't know for sure the where or when, they say they do know how and by whom.

Assistant District Attorney Christina Tremante-Pelham says the allegations involved violent shaking and throwing, along with failure to seek any kind of assistance or medical attention and then her disposal and concealment of the body.

The top count in the indictment, second-degree murder, carried a penalty of 25-years to life.

Puleski is being held in the Schenectady County Jail without bail.


Dan Levy

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