GLENS FALLS -- A Glens Falls man was charged with three felonies late Sunday for allegedly sexually assaulting and critically injuring a 7-week-old girl, police said.
David B. Cook, 33, of Smith Street, was charged with two counts of aggravated second-degree sexual abuse and a charge of second-degree assault, Glens Falls Police Sgt. Chris Eggleston said.
The girl suffered a broken right leg, injuries to her genitalia and a possible head injury, police said. She was in critical condition at Albany Medical Center late Monday.
Cook is accused of injuring the girl, for whom he was caring at his home, sometime before late Saturday. The relationship between Cook and the child was withheld to protect the victim’s identity.
Police said the child’s 21-year-old mother left her in Cook’s care for two days while she stayed at a friend’s home in Saratoga Springs, and when she returned Saturday night, she noticed the child appeared injured, officials said.
In a statement Cook allegedly gave police that was filed in Glens Falls City Court, which provides a shockingly graphic outline of how Cook claims the child was injured, he is quoted as saying he told the mother over the phone Friday night that the child was hurt, but the mother was intoxicated and “did not offer to come home.”
Cook talked her out of seeking medical help Saturday night, expressing a concern that he could face charges, authorities said.
The mother instead walked from Smith Street to Glens Falls Hospital with the child Sunday morning, prompting Cook to flee on a bicycle. He was eventually located riding on Fire Road early Sunday evening.
Police said the investigation was ongoing Monday, and the mother may face charges for failing to promptly seek medical care.
“We’re still collecting evidence,” Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan said.
The mother, whose name is being withheld to protect the victim’s identify, would not discuss the case when a reporter visited her apartment Monday afternoon.
In the five-page written statement, Cook is quoted as saying the baby was injured during accidental falls twice in recent weeks.
On Friday afternoon, when he was angry because he believed the child’s mother was cheating on him, Cook drank four beers in a half-hour and told police he yanked the girl’s leg “and heard a pop” while changing a diaper.
He said injuries to the girl’s genitalia occurred as he cleaned her.
Authorities said medical experts were investigating whether the injuries match his version of events.
He told police he sent a text message to the mother early Saturday indicating he wanted to kill himself for hurting the girl, according to the statement.
The mother returned home around 10 p.m. Saturday.
When the mother awoke Sunday and said she was taking the child to the hospital, Cook “told (the mother) this is all going to come back on me,” Cook was quoted as saying. “I said that CPS was going to be involved, and it was like rape abuse or rape assault, one of the two.”
“I am very sorry for what I did,” he said at one point in the interview.
Cook was arraigned early Monday before Glens Falls Judge Richard Tarantino and was sent to Warren County Jail for lack of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bail bond.
Officials said he has an extensive criminal record, and among the arrests was a May 2010 case in which he threw a rock through the bedroom window of an ex-girlfriend’s home, where the woman and two young children were staying.
He was charged with felony counts of criminal contempt and criminal mischief in that case and has additional arrests for felony criminal contempt and misdemeanor assault, aggravated harassment, resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated, according to prior media reports.
Most recently, he was sentenced to serve 90 days in Warren County Jail for a misdemeanor aggravated harassment arrest in Glens Falls in 2011.
Cook does not have any felony convictions, according to court records.
Hogan said the 2010 felony criminal mischief arrest did not rise to the level of a felony because the damage was not severe enough, and her office also dealt with uncooperative victims in some of his prior criminal contempt cases.
State Police and the staff of the Warren-Washington Child Advocacy, Resource and Education (CARE) Center were assisting in the investigation of the most recent case.
The arrest comes less than three weeks after a Glens Falls man was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his 15-month-old son.