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Man accused of punching 7-day-old son remains in custody

Man accused of punching 7-day-old son remains in custody

Baby listed in critical but stable condition
Man accused of punching 7-day-old son remains in custody
Andrew Allen is led from Gloversville City Court after his court appearance Wednesday.
Photographer: Steven Cook

GLOVERSVILLE — The man accused of punching his 7-day-old son in the head last weekend appeared in court Wednesday.

The proceedings, however, were delayed until next month and he remains held.

Andrew S. Allen, 31, of Gloversville punched his infant son in the head using a "half-closed fist" Saturday at 6:15 a.m. inside an apartment at 6 Cherry St. during a domestic dispute with the child's mother, according to police and court documents. 

The child suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. He was taken by helicopter to Albany Medical Center, where police last said he was in critical but stable condition.

Allen appeared before City Court Judge Traci DiMezza with his attorney, Kyle Davies. The case was adjourned until Oct. 18. He would return to City Court then if he is not yet indicted.

Allen remains in custody.

Allen faces one count each of first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree attempted assault, all felonies.

The first two counts relate to the child. If convicted of first-degree assault, Allen would face up to 25 years in state prison.

The attempted assault relates to the child's mother. Allen is accused of trying to cause serious physical injury to her by striking her in the head and upper torso multiple times with his foot and fist, according to police and court documents.

The woman suffered bruising, swelling and discomfort, according to documents.

The apartment house where the incident happened has since been deemed uninhabitable due to a host of code violations.

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