Police: Baby murderer just released with no bond thanks to “bail reform”

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If there’s one thing we know about criminals, it’s that they will always show up to their court dates when appointed.

And if there’s one thing we know about murderers, it’s that they definitely deserve to walk free while awaiting their trial.

You know, for committing murder.

New York strikes again, this time it has set free…you guessed it…a murderer.

The victim?  A 6-week-old baby.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, Anthony Ojeda, 38 years old, was released after making an appearance in court.  On the condition of “supervision,” Ojeda is a free man until his next court date.  Which he will definitely show up to.  (Hope you’re reading this as sarcastically as I’m typing it…)

He was ordered to surrender his passport and wear an electronic tracking device.

Police: Baby murderer just released with no bond thanks to “bail reform”
Anthony Ojeda was just given supervised release and no bail in the murder of a 6-week-old child. (Handout)

 

The newborn baby died December 3 of 2019 after ingesting methamphetamine that Ojeda left out.  Ojeda was charged with 2nddegree manslaughter and assault.

Detective Michael Greene interviewed Ojeda hours after the child died. The detective appeared in court and testified.  He said Ojeda admitted to 2 incidents of assault against the newborn where he “may have” injured the baby.

The first occurred November 2nd or 3rd, Ojeda told the detective, when Ojeda grabbed the child by the ribs the middle of the night.  He was angry and picked the baby up with one hand by the chest.  The second was about a week later on November 7th, when Ojeda, during a domestic dispute with his husband, roughly grabbed the baby in the parking lot of Albany Medical Center.

During the dispute, Detective Green testified, “He went to take [the] child out of the car seat. He did so hastily, grabbing the child while he wasn’t fully out of the harness. The child twisted and he believes when he grabbed him is when the injury began.”

In addition to these, the district attorney also stated another incident occurred October 29ththat was “not accidental.” Then, the infant went to the hospital for a CT scan for a possible head injury.   No evidence of a fracture was found at that time.

Prosecutors say medical records show the infant suffered several broken ribs.

In December, based on injuries as well as a video showing the interview with Ojeda, the judge ordered him to stay in jail until a grand jury heard his case and decided whether to indict.

The defense, however, argued that Ojeda should be released from jail.  The reasoning?  Ojeda’s native language is Spanish, and he “may not have understood police questioning.”

 

A language barrier?  Really?

Did that also prevent him from understanding that breaking a baby’s bones and treating him so roughly that a CT scan is required is probably not a good thing?

NY Spectrum reporter Spencer Conlin tweeted, “Anthony Ojeda will be released from Albany County Jail under the supervision of probation. Judge Carter still concerned he could flee given his husband is from Mexico. He must also partake in substance abuse treatment.”

A paternity test has been ordered for the murdered infant to see if Ojeda is the biological father.  It’s been reported that he and the child’s biological mother claimed that he was, and that Ojeda took custody of the baby when the mother couldn’t care for him. 

The baby was born prematurely to a drug-addicted mother.  And father, it would seem.

Ojeda was raising the baby with his male partner.  After the baby ingested the meth, Ojeda waited “several hours before calling for help.”  The baby initially responded to treatment once taken to the local hospital, but later died. 

Detective Greene said, “He believes that the child got into a substance that was left in the house and he ultimately didn’t seek treatment for that because he was concerned for his well-being legally and that led to, ultimately, the baby’s death.”

Am I the only one who is wondering how a 6-week-old baby “got into” a substance?  Babies can barely hold their own heads up at that time, much less pick something up and put it in their mouths all on their own.

But I’m sure the judge considered that while waving goodbye to Ojeda as he walked out the court room, free as a bird.

Police say the baby was being supervised by Rennselaer County Child Protective Services.

Apparently, toxicology reports have not yet been returned so it is not known at this time whether the meth ingestion is the actual cause of death.

That makes it all better.

Bail reform is already making its mark on New York and it’s only been in effect for a short time.

Tiffany Harris is the New Yorker who was arrested twice in three days for assault in late December, and released as many times with no bail, all thanks to NY’s new bail reform laws.

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Police: Baby murderer just released with no bond thanks to “bail reform”

 

This is the proof that Americans are in real danger as long as these laws are on the books. 

Let’s take a look at what Harris is accused of.

In one of her recent run-ins with the law, Harris reportedly approached a group of Orthodox Jewish women.  The women, 22, 26, and 31-years-old, were slapped by Harris, who allegedly yelled, “F–k you, Jews!” as she assaulted them.

When questioned by police, Harris said, “Yes, I slapped them. I cursed them out. I said ‘F-U, Jews.’”

This attack was the eighth anti-Jewish hate crime in New York in that week alone, which was during Hanukkah.

 

Harris, while “ordered” to stay away from the three victims by the judge, was released without bail pending the upcoming bail reform legislation.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison called the pattern “alarming” and said, “We treat [the incidents] very seriously, and we make sure that our investigators do their best…to bring the individuals to justice.”

Too bad your mayor and your governor don’t possess the same fervor for justice as you, Chief.

Following Harris’ release, she allegedly committed another assault the very next day against another woman.  This time, she was accused of punching a 35-year-old woman in the face.  This woman was also Jewish, although it is unclear if Harris knew or at least thought she was.  The incident occurred in front of the victim’s two young children.

These two assaults took place within a mile of each other. 

 

After this second assault, which increased in severity, Harris again left the jail without having to pay a single dollar in bail.

 Judge Archana Rao had no choice due to the aforementioned bail reform. 

“We’re here two days after the defendant was here on another charge,” said Prosecutor Evan Hannay to the judge.

Hannay continued, “We believe the highest level of supervised release is appropriate.”

Judge Rao granted that request.  Harris was then required to check in periodically with a social worker while she waits for her court date.  That’s some high supervision right there.

Police had assured the victim that Harris would be held that time due to the incident being a hate-crime, a cousin of the victim said.  But they weren’t able to keep that promise. 

People from the Jewish community spoke out and complained that de Blasio said this spree of hate crimes was “unacceptable” and would be taken seriously, but it didn’t appear that it was being handled that way at all.

 

Despite her admission after the first incident, Harris pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges after the second. Those charges included assault in the third degree, menacing, and endangering the welfare of a child.

These bail reform laws don’t allow for a person charged with a misdemeanor to be held without bail, or to require bail be paid prior to release while they await their court date, even if the person “poses a risk to the community.”

Law enforcement is calling the bail reform “revolving-door injustice.” 

Harris’ releases “points toward what everyone is worried about,” said Democratic Assemblyman Brian Barnwell representing Queens. Barnwell isn’t on the same page as his fellow Democrats and is seeking reform of the reforms.

“You have to give judges the power to consider the dangerousness of an individual,” Barnwell said, “and this is a case that highlights the need for this.”

 


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