Skip to main content

Police charge woman in connection with child’s fall

  • Empty
    A helicopter was called to Claverack Town Park after a 3-year-old child fell out of a window in Philmont on Monday. Lance Wheeler for Columbia-Greene Media
  • Empty
    State police are investigating how a 3-year-old fell out of a third-story apartment window on Main Street in Philmont on Monday. Lance Wheeler for Columbia-Greene Media
May 9, 2019 05:39 pm Updated: May 9, 2019 06:44 pm


HUDSON — A Columbia County woman was arrested and charged in connection with an incident in which a toddler fell out of a three-story apartment window, state police said Thursday.

Brittany Skelley, 29, of Philmont, was charged late Tuesday with acting in a manner injurious to a child under the age of 17, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with the incident, state police said. Skelley was given a court appearance ticket.

The 2-year-old child, who was not identified by police, was sitting on a bed that was against the wall when she fell, state police investigator Abdul Weed said Monday.

The girl fell onto a grassy area beneath the window shortly before 10 a.m. and did not sustain any life-threatening injuries, Weed said.

The girl suffered a broken ankle and was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment, Weed said.

A medical evacuation helicopter was summoned to a landing zone at Claverack Town Park, 91 Church St., in response to the call.

The girl was flown from the scene for treatment, state police said.

There was no screen in the window, Weed said. The window was left open, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.

The child’s mother was in the house at the time with three other children, all under the age of 3, Weed said Monday. Police were investigating a number of factors in the case to determine if the parents were “criminally liable or if it was truly an accident,” Weed said.

“The said defendant was asleep on the couch during the incident, failing to supervise the child,” according to the complaint filed on May 7, state police said.

“The case is still pending an investigation and has been turned over to the District Attorney’s Office,” state police senior investigator Eric Barnes said Thursday. “Any further comment will come from the District Attorney’s Office.”

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and members of Child Protective Services were contacted to assist with the investigation.

Greenport Rescue Squad and firefighters from Mellenville and Philmont responded.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.