A baby's death leads to murder charges for an Albany man, and child endangerment charges for the child's mother.
The Albany County District Attorney's office alleges in an indictment that on February 6th, David Bridges struck the tot, causing a liver injury that ultimately caused the little boy's death.
Furthermore, the indictment alleges that the baby's mother, Rebecca Patrick, had seen Bridges be physically abusive toward the child over the prior two months and continued to allow him to be alone with the child. The indictment states that the boy had been injured repeatedly while left in the care of Bridges. Patrick is also accused of neglecting to get her son prompt medical attention, despite seeing significant signs of injury on his buttocks.
According to a news release from the District Attorney's office, the boy was in the care of Bridges when he suffered the fatal injury.
The baby boy had just had his first birthday on January 24th.
Patrick, who is 21, and Bridges, who is 22, had been a couple, according to authorities.
Bridges was arraigned on one of count of Murder in the Second Degree, one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, and one Count of Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. Bridges pleaded not guilty and was remanded back to the Albany County Jail.
Rebecca Patrick was arraigned on two Counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Patrick pleaded not guilty and was released to the Probation Department.