A Schenectady woman pleaded innocent Tuesday to allegations she intentionally scalded her 4-year-old niece in January, causing life-threatening injuries.
Marcy Partlow, 27, of 814 Bridge St., appeared in Schenectady County Court Tuesday morning on a new indictment charging her with first-degree assault and other counts.
Partlow was watching the child at her Bridge Street residence when the child suffered the burns, prosecutor Christina Tremante-Pelham said Tuesday. The indictment alleges she intended to cause the child serious physical injury.
The girl survived and is recovering, Tremante-Pelham said.
If convicted of the first-degree assault count, Partlow would face up to 25 years in state prison.
She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday in front of Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago. Partlow is represented by attorney Tracey Chance, who could not be reached for comment later.
Partlow was watching the child for the weekend, officials have said.
She has been in custody since shortly after the Jan. 26 incident. She was accused of striking the girl on her face and head, according to papers filed in court. She also was accused of leaving the child unattended in a bathtub “for an undisclosed amount of time.”
Partlow discovered the child unresponsive and yelled to another adult in the house to call 911, prosecutors have said previously.
Prosecutors previously indicated the child suffered impact wounds. Tremante-Pelham identified the scalding burns Tuesday.
The child was also believed to have taken in some water during her time alone in the bathtub, prosecutors have said, though that didn’t prompt her hospitalization.
The girl was expected to remain in the custody of Child Protective Services until the investigation was complete.
Partlow initially was charged with second-degree assault, but the Schenectady County grand jury indicted her on the more-serious first-degree assault count. She also faces two counts of second-degree assault, felonies, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanors.
Partlow’s bail was set at $5,000 after her arrest and she remained in custody Tuesday. In light of the indictment, Drago ordered Partlow to be held without bail, pending a formal bail application.