SCHENECTADY — A grand jury has voted to indict Heaven Puleski on felony charges related to the disappearance and subsequent death of her 4-month-old son, Rayen Puleski, according to information revealed Wednesday in City Court. Specific charges were not released.
Judge Mark Caruso informed Puleski, during her City Court appearance, of the implications of the indictment, mainly that the case will be transferred to County Court and that she will continue to be held on $20,000 bail.
Puleski's attorney, Lara Barnett, and Assistant District Attorney Michael DeMatteo, who told the court of the grand jury's vote to indict, made no further remarks during Wednesday's proceedings.
Puleski was previously arraigned on one count each of tampering with physical evidence and concealment of a human corpse, as well as misdemeanor child endangerment.
No further charges were mentioned in court, although the grand jury may have added or subtracted charges.
Police believe Rayen died sometime between July 17 and July 23. July 17 is the day family members believe Rayen was last seen alive.
The Daily Gazette recently spoke with Sabrina Moore, who said she was told by prosecutors to plan on testifying in front of a grand jury at some point as a witness in the case. Moore is in jail, pending a September court appearance on an unrelated bench warrant.
Moore, a friend of Puelski's, recalled Puleski being visited by Child Protective Services twice in a four-day span while the two lived together at 766 State St. That is the property where Rayen's body was found wrapped in plastic bags in a backyard field on Aug. 9.
On another occasion, Moore said she had to revive Heaven with Narcan after the single mother overdosed on heroin with the baby in the room.
Our coverage of Rayen Puleski case:
- Inside the short, turbulent life of Rayen Puleski, Aug. 25, 2018
- Feds: Stockade Deli owner arrested on synthetic marijuana charges, Aug. 20, 2018
- Hearing delayed for mother charged in connection with baby's death, Aug. 20, 2018
- Mourners pay respects to baby Rayen Puleski at Schenectady vigil, Aug. 19, 2018
- Heaven Puleski ordered held on $20k bail; charges related to discovery of baby's body, Aug. 15, 2018
- Foss: Few are aware of safe haven laws, Aug. 15, 2018
- Family reacts to mother's arrest connected to Rayen Puleski case, Aug. 15, 2018
- Police: No positive ID yet on remains found in search for baby Rayen Puleski, Aug. 13, 2018
- Foss: Recovery of child's body demands answers, Aug. 11, 2018
- Few details available in missing infant case, autopsy pending, Aug. 10, 2018
- Police: Body 'consistent with that of a child' discovered, Aug. 9, 2018
- Police search Schenectady building for missing infant, Aug. 8, 2018
- Puleski in 2016: Gloversville escapee caught in Schenectady, Oct. 4, 2016