UTICA, N.Y.-- Officials with Utica's police department are releasing more information about the city's first homicide investigation of 2018.
On January 20th, police arrested 20-year-old Jason Nieves after his actions allegedly caused the death of 7-month-old Emelina Sanchez. Sanchez was the daughter of Nieves' girlfriend, and police say she was in his care when she began to cry for a long period of time. Nieves was charged with murder in the second degree.
Right after the alleged actions took place, police wouldn't confirm if Sanchez's death was a case of 'shaken baby syndrome,' a term used to describe head injuries caused by shaking a crying infant.
Now, police claim Nieves used more violent actions to silence Sanchez.
"The injuries were caused by blows," Lt. Bryan Coromato of UPD said. "The injuries were significant to the skull area. This is not a case of a shaken baby."
They also confirm Nieves was not significantly impaired by any substances the night of the 20th.
"It doesn't appear that drugs or alcohol played any kind of factor in this," Coromato said.
Nieves waived his right to a felony hearing and his case is now being moved to a grand jury.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Sanchez's family.