Woman charged in baby’s death to be arraigned on April 11 

The woman accused of dropping her baby down a drainage pipe at General Electric will be back in court next month.  

Persia Nelson, 24, is accused of causing the death of her nearly 11-month-old daughter Halo. She will arraigned on April 11 in Schenectady County Court on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child, Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney tells NewsChannel 13.  

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.