DUANESBURG – A Duanesburg man stabbed his wife and 5-year-old child to death Wednesday evening and attacked his 2-year-old child, who survived, state police said.
Nelson D. Patino, 47, of 6826 Duanesburg Road, appeared in Duanesburg Town Court Thursday evening on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree attempted murder.
He was ordered held without bail.
State police responded to the residence at 6826 Duanesburg Road at about 9:15 p.m. after a man contacted police saying that he had stabbed his family, state police said.
Troopers and sheriff’s deputies then arrived and took the caller, identified as Patino, into custody. Police then found three victims inside the home with apparent stab wounds.
The 5-year-old boy – a kindergartner at Duanesburg Elementary School – died at the scene. His mother was taken to Albany Medical Center, where she died of her wounds, state police said.
The 2-year-old boy was taken to Albany Medical Center, where he remained Thursday in stable condition, state police said. The boy’s injuries were consistent with an edged weapon, state police said.
Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney called it “truly a horrific scene.”
The names of the victims were being withheld, pending notification of family.
In court Thursday evening, Petino stood quietly before Judge Patrick Wren as an interpreter relayed the court proceedings to him in Spanish.
Assistant Schenectady County District Attorney John Carson asked and the judge ordered a temporary order of protection for the surviving victim. That order is in effect until December 1, 2022.
After his arrest Wednesday night, Nelson Patino was taken to St. Peter’s Hospital, where he was treated for self-inflicted injuries. In court Thursday evening, Patino appeared to have some kind of bandage on his left wrist.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, state police indicated there were no noted domestic incident report history related to the family and no noted criminal history.
“It’s always difficult when you have young lives lost,” state police Major R. Christopher West said. “So keep in mind this investigation is still in its early stages and we still have a lot of work to do.”
Police remained at the scene into Thursday afternoon. Evidence technicians in white suits could be seen removing boxes and bags from the residence and placing them in a van.
Route 7 at the scene was shut for the morning, but reopened mid-day.
Nelson Patino is listed in county records as the owner of the property. He is listed as having purchased it in October 2016, records show.
One woman near the scene identified herself as a relative and indicated the residents had a familial connection to the owners of the Duanesburg Diner, located near the scene.
The Duanesburg Diner Thursday posted a quick note, thanking supporters and indicating the restaurant would be closed until further notice.
“We appreciate all of your support right now,” the diner post read. “The Diner will be closed until further notice.”
More than two dozen commenters responded offering prayers and support. “Praying for all the family at this difficult time,” one response read.
Duanesburg schools confirmed Thursday afternoon that the 5-year-old boy killed was a student at Duanesburg Elementary School.
“Our school community is in mourning after learning of the tragic loss of one of our students,” Duanesburg Superintendent James Niedermeier said in a statement. “We are devastated by the senseless loss of such a young, vibrant life and extend our deepest condolences to the many people who loved and cared for this little boy.”
The district’s crisis team responded to the school early Thursday to assist anyone who needed additional support, Niedermeier said. The district also sent home a letter to parents encouraging them to talk to their children about the news and be aware of any signs of potential distress.
“Duanesburg is a small, tight-knit community, which is an attribute that I think will serve us well in the coming weeks as we work together to process this devastating loss,” Niedermeier’s statement continued.
Elsewhere in Duanesburg, community members Thursday morning expressed shock and sadness at what happened in the normally quiet community.
“I just feel bad for the family,” longtime Duanesburg resident William Frank said Thursday morning.
Town Supervisor Roger Tidball said he has not received any updates from police in the incident and is letting them handle the situation.
Duanesburg, he said, is a low crime community.
“It’s a tragedy is what it is,” Tidball said. He added parents will likely be hugging their children a little tighter tonight.
Gazette reporter Chad Arnold contributed to this report.