Infant ‘critical,’ dad due in court

Broken windows and vines that have grown inside are visible at 6 Cherry St. on Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Broken windows and vines that have grown inside are visible at 6 Cherry St. on Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

GLOVERSVILLE — A newborn who city police say was struck in the head by his father with a partially-closed fist is still hospitalized and the father was due in court this morning.

Gloversville Police Capt. Michael Scott said the boy, who is a week and a half old, is in critical, but stable condition.

The baby suffered serious injuries when he was struck by his father during a “violent domestic incident” with the child’s mother.

At around 7 a.m. on Sept. 9, city police responded to Nathan Littauer Hospital for a report of an infant boy who had sustained a traumatic head injury.

Police said Andrew S. Allen, 31, and the child’s mother were involved in a domestic incident on that morning at their 6 Cherry St. apartment.

Sometime during the altercation, Allen struck the newborn in the head with a partially-closed fist, causing the injuries.

The baby was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital, which reported the alleged abuse to police. The child was later airlifted to Albany Medical Center for further medical treatment.

Police allege that the punch resulted in the infant sustaining a fractured skull amongst other serious physical injuries.

According to the admissions and discharge list sent by Littauer, the baby’s mother was admitted on Sept. 2 and the boy was born later that day. The duo were discharged from the hospital on Sept. 4, just five days before the assault.

The Leader-Herald will not be reporting the mother or newborn’s names to respect their privacy.

Allen was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree attempted assault, all felonies on Monday.

Allen was remanded to the Fulton County Jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

This is not the first time police have dealt with Allen for allegations of domestic violence.

On March 17, Allen was arrested on a warrant for second-degree harassment in relation to a domestic violence incident. The deposition of that case is not known.

The city Fire Department has posted that the Cherry Street home the couple had been living in as uninhabitable until some of the code violations that were found are corrected.

Fire Chief Tom Groff said this morning the list of violations is extensive, including allegedly not having a water hookup. Groff said the posting was made on Saturday after emergency personnel responded to the call.

Groff said he believes the property is currently unoccupied, with the father in custody and mother with the child. He said his office will be headed back out to the property today to do an inspection since the owners are working to get things cleared up.

“We’ll see where they are at today. If they don’t comply within the time we give them, then we will move towards vacating the apartment.

According to the Fulton County Tax Map, the 1900-built, two-family residence is owned by Eric M. Rose whose address is listed as 6 Cherry St. Rose purchased the property in 2013 for $25,000.

Groff said his office is doing what it can by law with the property. He said there are legal limitation as to what can be done, and his office is following the letter of the law.

Kerry Minor can be reached at kminor@leaderherald.com.

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