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Heaven Puleski, mother of baby Rayen Puleski, indicted by grand jury

Heaven Puleski, mother of baby Rayen Puleski, indicted by grand jury

Heaven Puleski, mother of baby Rayen Puleski, indicted by grand jury
Heaven Puleski is led to a Sheriff's Department van after her arraignment on Aug. 15 in Schenectady City Court.
Photographer: Peter Barber/Gazette photographer

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:

Reach Daily Gazette reporter Jake Lahut at 518-322-2358, [email protected] or @JakeLahut on Twitter.

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