Schenectady police are seen parked outside the 23 Mynderse St. home of Gloria Nelligan (inset) on Feb. 25. Nelligan was charged with murder by a grand jury today in the death of her 8-year-old grandson, Sha'hiim.
SCHENECTADY The city woman accused of killing her 8-year-old grandson did so by repeatedly beating the boy "over a prolonged period," according to papers filed in court this morning.
The grandmother, Gloria Nelligan, 43, appeared in Schenectady City Court this morning and was ordered held without bail.
According to papers filed in court, Nelligan is accused of beating 8-year-old Sha'Hiim Nelligan, intending to cause him physical injury but creating a grave risk of serious physical injury and causing his death.
Paperwork dates the crime to Friday and Saturday.
Sha'Hiim was found unresponsive by family members in their 23 Mynderse St. home Saturday morning. Family called police shortly after 10 a.m.
The grandmother, who was Sha'Hiim's legal guardian, was arrested Sunday after an autopsy on the boy.
Suspect featured in 2007 Gazette story
Gloria Nelligan, charged in the death of her grandson, was among those featured in a January 2007 Gazette story about grandmothers who are raising their children's children. In it, she says, "I'm trying to break the cycle of abuse, of violence, for all my children." To view the story, click here.
Sha'Hiim was treated on the scene by members of the Schenectady Fire Department and transported to Ellis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Gloria Nelligan appeared before City Court Judge Guido Loyola, who ordered her held. She was charged Sunday with first-degree manslaughter. If convicted, she faces up to 25 years in state prison.
The residence was being held as a crime scene as members of the Youth Aid Bureau and the Evidence Collection Unit continue their investigation.
Schenectady police cited Det. J. Hotaling, the lead detective, as well as members of the Child Protective Services for their involvement in the case.