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Schenectady child’s death revives age-old abuse questions

Many services aim to identify, address causes

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No one could believe it — not friends, not family, not neighbors and certainly not your Average Joe. A grandmother doesn’t beat her grandson to death. And Gloria Nelligan couldn’t have beaten her grandson to death, friends and family members maintain. When news broke that 8-year-old Sha’hiim Nelligan was beaten to death, the neighborhood’s first response wasn’t outrage; it was confusion. How could no one have prevented this? Did anyone see signs? Didn’t the grandmother ...

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