GLENS FALLS — A 7-week-old Glens Falls boy is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, and his father has been accused of assaulting the child.
Glens Falls Police officers responded to an EMS call just before 6 p.m. Sunday at an apartment at the Broad Street Commons at 186 Broad St.
Upon arrival, officers observed the infant had serious life-threatening injuries, police said.
The child was transported by the Glens Falls Fire Department to Glens Falls Hospital for medical treatment, according to a news release.
The infant was under the care of 19-year-old Tyler M. Zaugg.
Glens Falls Police Detective Lt. Seth French said he believes Zaugg was alone with the infant at the time the injuries occurred.
“We deemed him to be the person responsible. We’re still investigating,” French said.
The infant was later transported to Albany Medical Center, where he remains, receiving treatment, according to French.
Police would not state the relationship of the victim to Zaugg, but he is listed in a Post-Star birth announcement as the boy’s father. The boy was born on May 10.
Zaugg was arraigned in Warren County Centralized Arraignment Court on one count of felony first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault, as well as two counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. Assault is not one of the crimes where defendants can be held without bail, according the state law that took effect last year.
Zaugg has not posted bail and remains in Warren County Jail.
Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact Glens Falls Police at 518-761-3840.
Warren County Department of Social Services Deputy Commissioner Christina Mastrianni said when her office receives a report from Child Protective Services, the department assesses the situation within 24 hours. Then, the department provides support services and makes referrals.
“It’s important to note that parents have rights and our goal is to develop partnerships to empower them while keeping families safe and intact. The department also offers preventive services that can provide more intensive services to families.
Mastrianni added that preventing child abuse takes a collaborative community effort and help is available to prevent abuse and maltreatment.
“As some of us know, parenting can be difficult, there are struggles, and we don’t always recognize when we need help. Families and friends are encouraged to reach out and provide support, such as a prepared meal or time to take a hot shower. Not everyone has positive supports,” she said.
Tammy Breen, supervisor of children’s services for the Warren County, advised people who are worried they may harm a child to take deep breaths, contact a relative for help, exercise or read a magazine or listen to music instead of resorting to physical violence.
Breen said Prevent Child Abuse New York has a helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373).
“Too often caregivers and parents feel isolated without much support. They confront the toughest and most important job in the world with the sense that they have to go it alone. But no one needs to go it alone,” she said in an email.
She encouraged members of the community to help parents who may be struggling including asking about their children, providing reassurance and support, offer to baby sit or run errands or just listen. People can also relieve these parents’ financial stress by donating used clothing, furniture and toys.
Child abuse cases
This region has seen its share of infant and child abuse cases including:
- Marissa T. Bickford-Rice, of Fort Edward, was sentenced to 13 years in prison in August 2017 for assaulting her 4-year-old stepdaughter. Bickford-Rice had been accused of repeatedly abusing the girl for years. She was arrested after police found that the victim had a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury. The girl had to learn to walk, talk and eat all over again.
- Nicholas D. Jones is serving a 25-year prison sentence after admitting in October 2016 that he shook and threw his 22-day-old daughter in his Johnsburg home when she would not stop crying. The baby died two days later from severe head trauma.
- Queensbury resident Dillin M. Nelson Sr. was sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison for assaulting his 3-month-old son. The boy was hospitalized in January 2015 for breathing problems and had brain damage, which resulted in developmental delays, seizures and blindness. Nelson, then 19, had admitted that he had shaken the boy on multiple occasions when he became fussy. He was released in December 2018 after serving three years of the sentence.
- Fred A. Beagle IV spent 10 years in prison for killing his 7-week-old daughter in his Glens Falls apartment in November 2002. He admitted to smothering the baby girl to get her to stop crying, according to
- archives. Beagle also had injured his infant son in Massachusetts back in 1998 by breaking several of his bones. Police did not have enough evidence to charge him in that case. After his 2013 release, Beagle was later transferred to Massachusetts to serve a sentence in an unrelated assault case.
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