Jesse Snow, formerly of 3228 Seneca Tnpk. Apt. 5 in the town of Lenox, was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the beating death of 3-year-old Aaden Blu Olmsted. The verdict was handed down this afternoon by Madison County Supreme Court Judge Dennis K. McDermott, according to Interim District Attorney Jeffrey Aumell.
Snow chose to have his case adjudicated by a judge and not a jury of his peers.
Snow, who was 23 at the time of the incident, was charged Feb. 7 with reckless assault of a child, a class D felony, after Olmsted succumbed to head injuries apparently inflicted the previous day. A grand jury handed down an indictment for first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter and several assault charges on March 26, Aumell said.
Snow was the live-in boyfriend of the boy's mother at the time of the incident.
Investigation by the Madison County Sheriff's Office began at about 9 p.m. Feb. 6 when deputies and the Greater Lenox Ambulance Service responded to the apartment on a report of an injured child. Initial reports indicated the child had fallen down a flight of stairs.
First responders arrived to find the child unresponsive.
Olmsted was transported to SUNY Upstate Medical University where he underwent emergency surgery and was initially listed in critical condition. His mother was at work at the time of the incident.
Police reports from February indicated Snow "recklessly caused the injury to the child by slamming the child's head onto a concrete floor, causing a subdural hemorrhage and skull fracture."
"I'm glad to see this conviction," Aumell said Friday night. "I'm glad to see our efforts to achieve justice in this matter have gone as well as they have. No matter what Mr. Snow gets, it will never change what happened to little Aaden. I hope it will help the family to heal."