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Police: Woman arrested after child found with untreated burns

Police: Woman arrested after child found with untreated burns

Her blood alcohol content was 6 times legal limit, authorities say
Police: Woman arrested after child found with untreated burns
Stephanie Wilson.
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GLOVERSVILLE — Police said a woman whose blood alcohol content was six times the legal limit also failed to get care for a child who was found with severe burns to its head.

Police went to 32-year-old Stephanie Wilson’s home on Fremont Street on Jan. 4, after they received a call about a suspicious noise, according to a Gloversville Police Department news release.

When they approached the door, officers said they could hear an infant crying, according to the report. Police said it took 20 minutes for Wilson to answer the door, and she did so just as police were preparing to force their way in.

She appeared to be “in an extremely intoxicated state,” as she could barely stand, sit up or speak, according to the police report. Police then saw the infant and noticed burn marks on its head, according to the report.

Both Wilson and the infant were taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital's Emergency Room. The baby was found to have second- and third-degree burns on its head that had not been treated, police said.

Police were unable to determine when the infant was burned, and the police report made no reference to a cause of the burns.

A blood sample taken from Wilson at the hospital revealed she had a blood alcohol content of 0.477 percent, about six times the legal definition of intoxication — 0.08 percent, according to the police report. The blood alcohol concentration was also greater than what the police consider to be the threshold for possible death due to alcohol poisoning, police said.

Wilson was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. She was arraigned Monday in Gloversville City Court by Judge Traci Dimezza. Bail was set at $750 cash or $5,000 bond.

Wilson’s next court appearance is at 9 a.m. Jan. 22.

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