A New York woman, Tiara Allen, has been charged with murder in connection with the shaking of a five-month-old baby who later died. Allen, a 26-year-old resident of Gouverneur, was indicted by a St. Lawrence County grand jury on multiple counts, including second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, reckless assault of a child, and endangering the welfare of a child.
According to state troopers, Allen was allegedly watching her boyfriend’s baby on July 7 at their home in Fowler when she became frustrated by the infant’s crying and shook the child. The baby subsequently became unresponsive and was taken to Gouverneur Hospital before being transferred to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. Medical professionals diagnosed the baby with anoxic brain injury and subdural hematomas, which were attributed to Allen’s actions.
Allen was initially arrested on July 13 for reckless assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The baby passed away in August. District Attorney Gary Pasqua stated that they chose to wait for the grand jury presentment to determine the appropriate charges. Allen was arraigned on the new charges in county court and is currently being held in the county jail on a bail of $250,000 or bond of $500,000. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for January 8.