A 33-year-old Glens Falls man accused of physically and sexually abusing a 7-week-old baby was arraigned in Warren County Court on Monday. Matt Hunter reports.
QUEENSBURY, NY – David Cook pleaded not-guilty to nine charges in Warren County Court Monday. Among the most severe charges, the 33-year-old Glens Falls resident faces one count each of First and Second Degree Assault, Aggravated Sexual Abuse and Second Degree Strangulation; all felonies.
Police say while he was alone with a seven-week-old child at his Glens Falls home on March 2nd, he physically and sexually abused the infant. She was airlifted from Glens Falls to Albany Med the next day.
"The last time I was told, the child was out of the pediatric ICU and on a floor at Albany Medical Center,” Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan said. “That's the most recent condition I know."
Two days later following his arrest, Cook gave his own account of the incident to Glens Falls Police.
According to court papers, Cook first admitted to drinking alcohol while caring for the child.
“I was drinking beer about 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. I had about four beers within a half hour,” Cook said.
When it became time change the girl's diaper is when Cook said he grew violent.
“As I was changing [the baby’s] diaper I pulled hard on [her] right foot with my left hand, with force,” Cook allegedly said. “I was pissed off because I thought that my girlfriend was cheating on me and the baby was crying. When I pulled on her leg I heard a pop and I thought that it was dislocated and I tried to put her leg back.”
Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan filed an order of protection, barring Cook from contacting the infant or her mother from jail.
However, in a handwritten letter to the mother on March 4, a remorseful Cook wrote: "I'm very sorry for what I did. I am a scumbag and I want to get help."
Following Cook’s arraignment, Hogan would not say how she thought those statements would affect her case.
"I'll let the statement speak for itself," Hogan said.
Cook has a lengthy criminal record, one that includes 20 previous arrests and eight misdemeanor convictions, though, Hogan said nothing in his past could have predicted what he's now accused of.
His attorney, Marc Zuckerman, declined comment.
Cook remains in the Warren County Jail without bail.