QUEENSBURY -- The Glens Falls man accused of sexually assaulting and seriously injuring a 7-week-old child begged the child’s mother not to leave him as police investigated the attack, according to court documents.
Documents filed in Warren County Court on Monday show that police allowed David B. Cook to write a note to the child’s mother in which he apologized and wrote “I really didn’t mean to do it.”
“I love you with all my heart and I hope that you stay with me,” he wrote.
The mother, who was at the Glens Falls Police station at the time, responded “You told me that you would get help before and you didn’t how can I trust you now.”
Cook then responded, “You can trust me. Do you love me. Then please be there for me and the baby. Please don’t leave me. I want to be with you and the baby for the rest of life,” the records show.
The notes were filed in court Monday after Cook, 33, pleaded not guilty to a nine-count indictment that charges him with abusing the baby and her mother.
Cook said little during the 10-minute proceeding before Warren County Judge John Hall. Hall sent him to jail without bail.
Cook’s court-appointed lawyer, Marc Zuckerman, entered the not guilty plea on his behalf to charges of aggravated sexual abuse, assault and endangering the welfare of a child for injuries the girl suffered on March 2.
He also was charged with a felony count of strangulation and misdemeanor charges of criminal obstruction of breathing and assault for alleged violence toward the baby’s mother before the child was injured.
Cook also faces a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge for allegedly killing a pet bird.
Zuckerman said he had no comment on the case after the hearing.
During the arraignment, though, he asked Hall to halt a psychiatric exam that had been ordered by Glens Falls City Court.
“Right now I’d rather not have anybody speaking to my client,” Zuckerman said.
Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan said the child remained in Albany Medical Center as of Monday and is no longer being treated in the pediatric intensive care unit.
“It’s wait and see with respect to the permanency of any injuries,” she said.
The baby suffered a broken leg and injuries to her genitalia March 2 when Cook, angry that the child’s mother had gone away for two days, said he was rough with her while changing her diaper.
But the baby also suffered head injuries in the weeks before she was sexually assaulted, and may have lost some or all of her vision, officials said.
Police said Cook confessed when he was interviewed March 4, telling Glens Falls Police and State Police he was angry at the child’s mother and heard a “pop” and “crunching” when pulling her leg as he changed her diaper.
“I was pissed off because I thought that my girlfriend was cheating on me and the baby was crying,” Cook is quoted as saying.
Authorities have said they are reviewing whether the mother, whose name has not been published to protect the identity of the baby, should be charged for not promptly seeking medical care when learning of the child’s injuries March 3.
She took the baby to Glens Falls Hospital the next morning.
The mother’s court-appointed lawyer, Nikki Moreschi, attended Cook’s arraignment Monday and said her client should not be prosecuted.
“I think the indictment reflects there were two victims here,” she said.