A former Glens Falls man who was convicted of killing his infant daughter 10 years ago has been released from state prison and is fighting extradition to face child abuse charges in Massachusetts.
Fred A. Beagle IV served 10 years of a 5- to 15-year prison term for a second-degree manslaughter conviction that stemmed from the 2002 smothering death of his 7-week-old daughter.
Beagle was found to have smothered the girl, Jade, in the Union Street apartment he shared with his wife. He was acquitted of second-degree murder but found guilty of second-degree manslaughter when a jury found that his actions of putting his hand over the child’s mouth and nose to stop her from crying didn’t rise to the level of “depraved indifference to human life.”
He was released from Livingston Correctional Facility on Jan. 12 and transferred to Livingston County Jail because of a felony arrest warrant in Massachusetts that stemmed from alleged abuse of his young son in Greenfield, Mass., in 1998. The boy, then an infant as well, suffered a number of broken bones.
Beagle faces four felony child battery charges in Franklin County, Mass., based in part on information that Glens Falls Police, State Police and then-Warren County First Assistant District Attorney Ted Wilson uncovered when prosecuting Beagle for his daughter’s death. Beagle confessed to injuring the son when being questioned about his daughter’s death, police said in 2002.
Beagle appeared in Livingston County Court on Tuesday morning and declined to waive formal extradition proceedings to return voluntarily to Massachusetts.
Instead, a process of exchanging documents between states will be required to prove he is the person wanted in Massachusetts.
The extradition proceeding was adjourned until April 1. He is being held in Livingston County Jail for lack of bail.
“I was supposed to go home and the judge set bail,” Beagle told the Genesee Sun newspaper after the proceeding. “They know I can’t make bail.”
State corrections records show Beagle was denied parole in 2007 and 2009 and served two-thirds of the maximum 15 years. Under state law, prisoners sentenced to indeterminate terms are released after serving two-thirds of the term, provided they have not had any disciplinary problems while in custody.
Beagle will be on parole for 5 years.