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Mother Accused of Leaving NY Infant to Die Now Charged with Murder: Heartbreaking Details Revealed


Suspect and Victim
Persia Nelson and Infant Daughter Halo Branton

The case of Persia Nelson, the mother accused of dropping her 11-month-old daughter, Halo Branton, down an 8-foot-deep pipe in Schenectady, New York, has taken a tragic turn as she now faces charges of both manslaughter and murder. The heartbreaking details of Halo's cause of death, exposure, and hypothermia, have left the community in shock and sorrow. Despite the additional charges, Nelson maintains her innocence and awaits further legal proceedings.


In a devastating development, the mother of 11-month-old Halo Branton, Persia Nelson, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with her daughter's tragic death. The heart-wrenching case unfolded in Schenectady, New York, when Halo disappeared, triggering an Amber Alert over the weekend.

The new charge of depraved indifference murder adds to the already existing second-degree manslaughter charge against Nelson. These felony charges paint a grim picture in the aftermath of Halo's untimely passing. The harrowing details revealed by Schenectady Police shed light on the circumstances surrounding the infant's demise.

Nelson allegedly dropped her daughter down a deep pipe leading to a utility tunnel on the General Electric campus, where water and mud awaited at the base of the pipe. The medical examiner determined that Halo succumbed to exposure and hypothermia, rather than drowning, as she was found in water that reached her chest and around her head. The mother's alleged actions of leaving the infant unattended in such dire conditions have sparked outrage and disbelief within the community.

During the court proceedings, it was disclosed that Nelson, originally from Columbia County, had only recently arrived in Schenectady and had a history of seeking shelter in Albany County. Shockingly, Nelson reportedly has another child in Columbia County, from whom she is estranged.


Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford expressed profound sadness over the tragic incident, emphasizing the vulnerability of a one-year-old child left in such distressing circumstances. The community remains in mourning as the investigation continues and awaits the legal course of action. The heartbreak of Halo Branton's short life serves as a poignant reminder of the preciousness of every child's well-being and safety.


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