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Schenectady woman died of natural causes

Schenectady woman died of natural causes

The young woman who was found dead Thursday in an Eastern Avenue apartment after neighbors alerted p

The young woman found dead Thursday in an Eastern Avenue apartment after neighbors alerted police to her two crying children is believed to have died of natural causes, an official said Friday.

Meanwhile, the woman’s two children were undergoing treatment at Albany Medical Center. Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said he understood the children were suffering from dehydration, but that they would be OK.

Police were officially calling the results of an autopsy of the young woman inconclusive as to her cause of death, with the coroner’s office awaiting results of a toxicology screening. Carney, though, indicated the woman’s death did not appear to be an intentional act.

“The preliminary indication from the autopsy is there are no signs of foul play whatsoever,” Carney said. “It appears to be a natural death.”

Carney also said there were no obvious signs of alcohol or drugs.

Police indicated Friday that the woman’s name would not be released. Police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said he did not have an estimate on how long she had been deceased. The children, police said, are now in the custody of Schenectady County Child Protective Services.

Authorities discovered the woman’s body Thursday after an associate of the woman called police to express concern. Neighbors said Thursday evening they heard the woman’s infant and toddler crying for a prolonged period of time.

Neighbors of the woman living in the second-floor rear apartment at 847 Eastern Ave. reported hearing the children crying throughout the evening Wednesday and again Thursday. Police were alerted and arrived to find the woman’s body around 6 p.m. Thursday.

Firefighters were observed carrying two children from the apartment. One appeared to be an infant; both were taken from the scene in an ambulance.

The building is the same one visited by police Jan. 5 to arrest a parolee who is reportedly a person of interest in the homicide of Mary Greco. Greco, a former nun, was found dead in her Stanford Street home on New Year’s Day.

The man, who has not been identified by police, lived in a different apartment in the Eastern Avenue building and is not suspected of being connected to his now-deceased neighbor.

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