Schenectady County

Parties in missing baby case cross legal paths again in robbery

Two figures in the January search for a missing baby have had another encounter with law enforcement

Two figures in the January search for a missing baby have had another encounter with law enforcement, with one accusing the other of stealing a cellphone and preventing a call to police.

Deralle Green, 26, of 927 State St., was charged Saturday with third-degree robbery, a felony, along with fourth-degree criminal mischief, petty larceny and drug possession counts, misdemeanors.

Green is accused of forcibly taking the cellphone of 26-year-old Jenel Davis that morning at State and Martin streets, according to papers filed in court.

Green is also accused of stealing $200 in cash from Davis and of possessing a small amount of crack cocaine after his arrest.

Both Green and Davis faced charges earlier this year in the search for Madison Green after she went missing.

Davis, the infant’s mother, was accused of lying for saying she wasn’t the child’s mother. She later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury count and was sentenced last week to six months in jail. It was time she had already served.

Green was held as authorities searched for the child, for allegedly violating a court order to turn over the child and possessing a forged birth certificate. Green was once thought to be the child’s father, but tests conducted after the child was found determined they were not related.

The forged birth certificate charge remains pending. His attorney in that case, Brian Mercy, said it was unclear how the new charge would impact the old one. But, Mercy said, he expected there to be credibility issues with the new charges.

Madison had been missing for 11 days when she was dropped off at the Blessed Sacrament Church on Central Avenue in Albany on Feb. 4.

Schenectady County Child Protective Services won custody of Madison on Jan. 25 over allegations that Davis wasn’t providing a proper environment for the baby. But when authorities went to take her, she was gone. After Madison turned up at the church, authorities took her to Albany Medical Center to be checked out and she was fine.

Green is due back in court this morning.

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