Mom charged after baby’s remains found

SCHENECTADY (AP) — Police in upstate New York have charged the mother of a missing baby with multiple felonies after the remains of a child were found near her home.

Schenectady police say Heaven Puleski was under investigation since family members reported her 4-month-old child Rayen Puleski had not been seen since July. Puleski has been charged with felony tampering with physical evidence and concealment of a human corpse following a Tuesday interview with detectives.

On Monday, Schenectady police said more tests needed to be done to determine whether the remains discovered behind the 38-year-old woman’s apartment are those of Rayen Puleski.

Local police, state investigators and FBI agents are continuing to investigate.

Puleski is set to be arraigned Wednesday morning.

Puleski is the same woman who escaped Gloversville police custody in October 2016.

She was the subject of a foot and helicopter search of the area for two days and was captured in Schenectady on Oct 4.

Pulseki was sentenced on Jan. 18, 2017 in Gloversville City Court to 10 months in Fulton County Jail following a November 2016 guilty plea to one count of third-degree escape. She faced up to a year in jail on those charges.

Puleski escaped from the custody of three city police officers around 3 a.m. on Oct. 3.

At that time, she was wanted on a bench warrant out of Saratoga County, and the officers responded when a car she was riding in was pulled over.

She had faced a bench warrant for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in Northumberland Town Court in Saratoga County.

Then on March 30, 2017, she was sentenced to one year in Saratoga County Jail following a Feb 1, 2017 guilty plea to driving while ability impaired by drugs, a felony. Her sentence at the time included surcharges, fines and the revocation of her license.