Woman indicted on charges of murder, manslaughter in grandson’s death

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Gloria Nelligan,
the Schenectady woman accused in the death of her grandson was indicted by a
grand jury with one count of Murder in the 2nd-Degree and one count
of Manslaughter in the 1st-Degree. 

In the murder count, Nelligan is
accused of causing the death of Sha'hiim Nelligan, 8, by recklessly engaging in
conduct that created a grave risk of serious physical injury or death to a
child less than 11-years old under circumstances “evincing a depraved
indifference to human life.”  

In the
second count of the indictment, Nelligan is accused of committing the crime of
Manslaughter in the 1st-Degree when, with intent to cause physical
injury to a child less than 11 years old, she recklessly engaged in conduct
that created a grave risk of serious physical injury to the child and thereby
caused his death.  Both of the charges
are specifically intended to apply to the death of a child at the hands of an

Sha'hiim's death was ruled a
homicide as a result of hypovolemic shock and cerebral edema due to multiple
blunt force impact injuries.  Through the
investigation, it was revealed that Nelligan engaged in a prolonged and
ultimately fatal beating of the child. 

District Attorney Robert M. Carney,
noting that Ms. Nelligan was initially charged by police with the single count
of Manslaughter, stated that “the Grand Jury heard evidence to support the
additional charge of Murder based on a theory that Sha'hiim was subjected to a
brutal and prolonged beating reflecting a wanton and callous state of mind so
as to amount to torture, accompanied by a failure to provide the child with
sustenance or timely medical attention.” 

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