ONLY ON 13: Mother accused of baby’s death faces charges of murder, manslaughter and child endangerment

Baby Halo’s mom faces new charges in 10-month-old’s death

Persia Nelson is facing two felony charges and a misdemeanor.

NewsChannel 13 is learning about the new charges being brought against the woman accused of dropping her baby down a drainage pipe at General Electric.

Persia Nelson, 24, has been indicted on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child, according Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney.

Nelson is accused of causing the death of her nearly 11-month-old baby daughter Halo.

Police found Nelson in a heated utility building on the GE campus on Sunday, March 10. She told police she had no idea how she got there and couldn’t find her baby. A frantic search of the property found the baby in a utility access pipe in muddy water up to her chest. An autopsy found that Halo died from hypothermia.

Police said Nelson had been at an address on Campbell Avenue on Saturday night and entered the GE property at 12th street. Nelson had posted to social media that she had been drinking. Her friends said she was drinking and smoking marijuana and then left the residence.

An arraignment date has not been set on these charges.