Johnsburg man accused of killing infant daughter pleads not guilty

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The man accused of killing his three-week-old baby entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday.

An indictment lists five counts against 24-year-old Nicholas Jones, including Murder and Manslaughter. In Warren County Court for an arraignment on Tuesday, Jones was visibly upset. He had his head down and was crying.

Despite allegedly admitting to investigators that he injured his infant daughter, he pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan said Jones admitted to injuring the infant in the early hours of March 28 when she was only 22-days old.

Nicholas Jones (NYSP)
Nicholas Jones (NYSP)

“He held the baby upside down, he squeezed her and shook her, and threw her to the couch,” she said.

Baby Gabriella suffered fractured ribs, fractured clavicle and brain damage, according to Hogan. She was taken to Albany Medical Center with critical injuries and died two days later.

Jones also allegedly told investigators it wasn’t the first time he hurt the baby.

“He admitted that he had done that shaking some time before, and that’s corroborated by the autopsy results,” Hogan said.

The autopsy showed Gabriella had an older head and rib injury in addition to the severe blunt force trauma that caused her death. Hogan said the baby’s mother, Nicole Parker, may not have been aware of the prior abuse.

“You don’t get a neon sign that says, ‘Rib fracture here,’” Hogan said. “It’s a baby. The baby’s nonverbal.”

Jones told investigators he became violent because the baby was crying – a possible motive that Hogan said was beyond her comprehension.

“I don’t think there’s any legitimate explanation,” she said. “Everyone knows a baby cries. And a baby at 22-days cries.”

Gabriella’s mother does not want to have any contact with Jones. The judge ordered he stay away from her.

The couple does not have any other children. Jones is expected back in court in mid-July.

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