Family reacts to mother’s arrest connected to Rayen Puleski case

'It's heartbreaking. It's heartbreaking'
Lisa Dutcher on Monday
Lisa Dutcher on Monday

SCHENECTADY – The aunt who pressed the search for 4-month-old Rayen Puleski online expressed a mixture of anger and satisfaction now that police have Heaven Puleski with crimes related to the boy’s death.

“Upset and at the same time kind of happy that somebody – regardless of if it’s my niece – that somebody’s going to be liable for what happened to him,” Lisa Dutcher said outside Schenectady City Court Wednesday morning.

Police Wednesday charged Heaven Puleski with two felonies and a misdemeanor related to her son’s death. The charges stem from allegations prior to his death and after his death. No charges have been filed related to the death itself.

Also see: Police: Heaven Puleski used heroin while responsible for son’s care; Disposed of his body, Aug. 15, 2018

Dutcher, who spread the word online of Rayen’s disappearance ahead of police involvement in the case, attended court Wednesday morning in anticipation of Puleski’s arraignment. She spoke outside, after the arraignment was delayed until the afternoon session. Police began investigating Rayen’s disappearance on Aug. 7, after they were contacted by Child Protective Services, police have said

Heaven Puleski faces one count each of tampering with physical evidence and concealment of a human corpse, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor child endangerment. The charges are based on statements Puleski gave to investigators Tuesday evening, police said in a press release.

The mother is accused of using heroin while responsible for Rayen’s care and of putting his remains after his death in a garbage bag and disposing of them in a grassy area behind 766 State St.

Family members have been awaiting word on Rayen’s fate fore more than a week. Police discovered the body last Thursday evening. She had held out hope that the remains were not Rayen, but she said that, with the statements and charges, she has come to terms they are his.

“Everyone’s a wreck,” Dutcher said of the family state. “We’re all losing sleep over this, not eating.”

Also see: Police: Heaven Puleski used heroin while responsible for son’s care; Disposed of his body, Aug. 15, 2018

Dutcher also responded to the allegations that her niece intentionally placed the infant’s body in plastic bags and then hid them away in an overgrown grassy field.

 “It’s heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “This doesn’t happen here. A lot of things happen in this town, but not this and not to my family.”


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