In December of 2019, baby Eli Ojeda-Harmon passed away. Yesterday two men linked with the infant’s death were indicted, and both men pleaded Not Guilty in Supreme Court.

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On Wednesday, District Attorney David Soares announced that the child’s father, 39-year old Anthony Ojeda of Cohoes, was arraigned on an indictment for his part in the death of his 6-week old son, Eli Ojeda-Harmon.

According to CBS6, on December 3, 2019, the 6-week old baby allegedly ingested methamphetamines while under his father’s care. It is alleged that Mr. Ojeda did not seek medical attention for his child. It is also alleged that a third party called for emergency services for the infant. Emergency equipment responded to a residence on Van Vechten Street in Cohoes and found the baby unresponsive. Responders describe the situation as a “depraved indifference to human life”. The child was transported to the hospital, and he was later pronounced dead.

Mr. Ojedas appeared before the Honorable Roger D. McDonough in the Albany Supreme Court on June 2, 2021. He was arraigned with allegations of one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Misdemeanor); one count of second-degree Manslaughter (Felony), and one count of second-degree Murder.

Mr. Ojedas' husband, 31-year old Neil Garzon of Cohoes, was arraigned yesterday by the same Grand Jury. It is alleged that Mr. Garzon knew of the dangerous environment that the child was living in, but failed to help. Mr. Garzon was arraigned on one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Misdemeanor). It is alleged that he acted in a way that was “likely to be injurious to the physical, mental, or moral welfare of the same child”.

Mr. Ojedas and Mr. Garzon pleaded not guilty and they were both released under the supervision of the Department of Probation.

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