During domestic violence incident, man allegedly fractures infant’s skull


GLOVERSVILLE — A city man is in custody after city police say he fractured his infant son’s skull during a violent domestic incident with the child’s mother. The infant was born Sept. 2 and was discharged from the hospital with his mother on Sept. 4.

Andrew S. Allen, 31, of 6 Cherry St., Apartment 2, was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree attempted assault, all felonies, by city police this morning.

Officers said on Saturday, at approximately 7 a.m. members of the department’s patrol and detective division, responded to the emergency room of Nathan Littauer Hospital for the report of an infant who had sustained a traumatic injury to his head.

Upon arrival to Nathan Littauer Hospital, detectives interviewed the mother of the injured infant. The mother of the injured infant advised police that she had been involved in a violent domestic incident with the infant’s father, during which the infant’s father punched the infant in the head.

Police allege that the punch resulted in the infant sustaining a fractured skull amongst other serious physical injuries.

The child was ultimately airlifted to Albany Medical Center for further medical treatment.

In the furtherance of the investigation, members of the GPD requested, and were given, assistance from members of the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and state police Forensic Investigation Unit.

Gloversville Police Detectives, in conjunction with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, drafted and executed a search warrant at 6 Cherry St., Apartment 2, the location of the alleged assault. The scene was processed by members of the state police Forensic Investigation Unit.

While interviewing witnesses to the assault, members of the Patrol Division located the suspect, Allen.

Allen was interviewed by a GPD detective, and based on the contents of the interview, in conjunction with witness accounts, as well as evidence secured, police charged Allen.

Police allege that Allen struck the infant in the head with a partially closed fist resulting in the infant sustaining serious physical injury to his skull.

On March 17, Allen was arrested on a warrant for second-degree harassment in relation to a domestic violence incident. The deposition of that case is not known.

Allen was arraigned before City Court Judge Traci DiMezza, and he was remanded to the Fulton County Jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

By Patricia Older

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