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Gloversville condemns home after alleged infant assault

Gloversville condemns home after alleged infant assault

Building has no water, other code violations, officials say
Gloversville condemns home after alleged infant assault
Andrew Allen.
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GLOVERSVILLE — The Cherry Street home where police said an infant was assaulted by his father has been deemed uninhabitable due to code violations by the Gloversville Fire Department. 

Fire Chief Thomas Groff said the the structure, at 6 Cherry St., lacks water service and has a host of other code violations. 

“There’s no water. That’s the main reason why the city code says that building can’t be inhabited,” said Groff, adding that occupants had been given a 72-hour notice to vacate. “Nobody is really staying there because of the situation with the parents.”

It’s unclear how many people lived in the house at the time of the alleged assault or where they are now. Groff said the building was empty as of Tuesday morning, but that he spoke with one inhabitant who was seeking to continue living in the home. 

“We’re going to meet with (the resident) tomorrow and see if they can rectify a lot of the problems,” Groff said. 

Police in Gloversville said they responded to the emergency room at Nathan Littauer Hospital on Saturday morning for a report of an infant with a traumatic head injury. Police spoke with the infant’s mother, they said, who told them the 7-day-old child had been punched by his father. 

The mother told police she had been involved in a violent domestic dispute with the father when he punched the infant, police said. The baby was later airlifted from Nathan Littauer to Albany Medical Center for further treatment.

Police said in a prepared statement that the baby suffered from a severe skull fracture, among other injuries. 

Gloversville police later searched the apartment where the assault was believed to have taken place and conducted interviews with witnesses. Police said the investigation led them to locate and arrest Andrew Allen, 31,the infant’s father. 

Allen was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree attempted assault, all felonies. He was arraigned in City Court and was sent to the Fulton County jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

Gloversville Police Capt. Michael Scott said Allen was still in county jail as of Tuesday. 

He added that the infant, who is not being identified, was in critical but stable condition as of Tuesday. 

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