A 4-year-old girl remained hospitalized in stable condition Wednesday after being struck by her aunt in Schenectady and left for a period of time in a bathtub last weekend, authorities said.
The girl’s aunt, Marcy Partlow, 27, of 814 Bridge St., was charged Monday with one count of second-degree assault, a felony.
Partlow is accused of striking the girl on her face and head Sunday afternoon, according to papers filed in court. The aunt then left the child unattended in a bathtub “for an undisclosed amount of time.”
Paramedics were called to Partlow’s residence around 4 p.m. Sunday after the child was found unresponsive. Partlow discovered the child and yelled to another adult in the house to call 911, said prosecutor Tracey Brunecz of the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office.
Partlow was watching the child for the weekend, Brunecz said.
The girl remained hospitalized Wednesday with multiple injuries, Brunecz said. Some of the injuries were caused by impacts, but she suffered other injuries, as well, Brunecz said.
Exactly what happened in the bathtub remains under investigation. The child is also believed to have taken in some water during her time alone in the bathtub, Brunecz said, but that wasn’t what prompted her hospitalization.
She said the girl will be in the custody of Child Protective Services until an investigation is complete.
The assault charge was increased to a felony because Partlow is older than 18 and the girl younger than 7.
Partlow also faces one count each of second-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors. She was arraigned this week and ordered held in lieu of $5,000 bail. She remained at the Schenectady County Jail on Wednesday.