NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Darrin S. Pitkin
Troop D Commander
On January 27, 2021, the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) in Oneida arrested 23-year-old Nicolas M. Evans and 20-year-old Alexia S. Davis, both from Vernon, N.Y., for (1) count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class "A" misdemeanor.
The arrests result from an investigation into an incident that occurred at their residence on November 25, 2020. At approximately 7:30 a.m., emergency personnel was dispatched to their residence for a reported unresponsive 3-month old child. The child was pronounced deceased on the scene as a result of an unsafe co-sleeping situation.
The investigation conducted by both the New York State Police and Oneida County Child Protective Services (CPS) determined that during the 12 hours prior to the child’s death, there were admissions of drug abuse by the parents along with extended periods of time where the child was not attended to. This, along with the unsafe sleeping conditions, were factors that raised concern.
After concluding the investigation, the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office was consulted for possible criminal action. Although the parents could not be held responsible for the child’s actual death due to lack of culpability, the events leading up to the child’s death were deemed prosecutable, and both were charged accordingly. They were issued appearance tickets returnable to the Village of Vernon Court on February 10, 2021, at 1 p.m.
The New York State Police and other law enforcement agencies have seen an increase in child fatalities around the state from unsafe sleeping conditions. State Police would like to remind parents and caretakers of the dangers of co-sleeping and remind the public of the ABC’s of Safe Sleep. A-Always Alone B-On their Back C-In a Crib.
Further information can be provided through your local county health/social services department and the NYS State Health Department by visiting www.health.ny.gov/safesleep