GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. – Police say two people are facing a felony charge after they did not attempt to help an overdose victim.
According to Gloversville Police, on March 23, the department began to investigate a report of a suicide attempt involving a 17-year-old. Police say the teen overdosed on a number of prescription medications.
Upon investigation, police determined Raina Bailey, 43, and Kenney Balfour, 45, were made aware of the overdose by a friend of the victim. Authorities say Bailey and Balfour were in the same home as the victim as the incident was taking place.
The pair allegedly found the victim in his room and found an empty bottle of pills and a suicide note. At this time, the victim was vomiting and was un-responsive.
After further investigation, Gloversville Police determined Bailey and Balfour did not help the victim or contact emergency services. Instead, they are accused of allowing the victim to lay in bed overnight without medical assistance.
Police say that on the following day, a friend found the victim still unresponsive. The friend directed Bailey and Balfour to contact 911.
The victim was taken to Nathan Littauer Hospital where he was found to be in critical condition. He was then transported to Albany Medical Center where he was treated and remained to recover.
Police said the teen has since been released after more than a month of treatment and therapy.
Bailey and Balfour were arrested on June 9 and charged with reckless endangerment in the first degree, a felony. They were arraigned and remanded to Fulton County Correctional Facility on bail. Bailey’s bail was set for $500 cash or $1,000 bond. Balfour’s bail has been set to $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
During subsequent court appearance, police say the judge reduced Balfour’s bail to $250, accepting the defense’s argument that the 17-year-old victim “was not his kid”.
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