A Rotterdam, New York couple has been arrested and charged in the death of a 4-year-old foster child.
On December 20, 2020, the Rotterdam Police, paramedics from Mohawk Ambulance Service and personnel from Rotterdam Fire District 2 responded to a 911 call from 2734 Broadway in Rotterdam for reports of a 4 year old boy named Charlie, a 4 year old, who was in respiratory distress.
He was not breathing, and paramedics attempted to revive him, but they couldn’t. He was pronounced dead at Ellis Hospital.
Charlie and his five year old brother were foster children placed in the home of Dequan and Latrisha Greene in September of 2020 by Child Protective Services of Albany County Department of Social Services, having been removed from the custody of their biological parents by order of Albany Family Court.
The Greenes had been certified as foster parents by the Schenectady County Department of Social Services but had only fostered one child for one day before. The Greenes have three children of their own, all girls aging from infancy to five.
Dequan Greene told first responders that Charlie had fallen out of a child’s chair, began to slur his speech and then passed out. He told others that the child choked. Instead of calling 911, he called his wife while she was out shopping.
When she returned home, she made the 911 call for help. Medical investigation revealed that Charlie died from extensive internal injury to his liver and intestines caused by blunt force trauma.
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Charlie’s surviving older brother was removed from the Greene’s home and treated at Albany Medical Center for his own injuries that included bruises, abrasions, and a torn frenulum.
Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney and Rotterdam Police Chief William Manikas jointly decided to investigate this matter through a Grand Jury presentation.
Dequan Greene is facing charges after a 4 year old foster child died while under his care.
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney and Chief Homicide Prosecutor Christina Tremante led this investigation assisted by the Special Victims Bureau Chief Assistant District Attorney John Carson and Senior District Attorney Investigator Mary Ann McGovern. From the Rotterdam Police Det. Joseph D’Aurizio headed up their efforts assisted by other members of the department.
The Grand Jury has heard the evidence presented by these prosecutors and yesterday handed up a sealed indictment charging Dequan Greene with the following counts:
- Second degree for intentionally causing the death of Charlie.
- A second class A-I felony of murder in the second degree for being 18 or more and acting with depraved indifference to human life while recklessly engaging in conduct which created a grave risk of serious physical injury to a person less than eleven years old, thereby causing the death of that child.
- A class B violent felony of manslaughter in the first degree for being 18 or more and with intent to cause physical injury to a child less than eleven, recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of serious physical injury to that child and thereby caused his death.
- A class D violent felony of assault in the second degree for being 18 or more and intentionally causing physical injury to a person less than seven years old for Charlie’s five year old brother.
- Two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child for Charlie’s five-year-old brother.
Mr. Greene was taken into custody by the Rotterdam Police on arrest warrant issued by Schenectady County Court Judge Matthew Sypniewski on January 21, 2021. He entered a not guilty plea and was taken to the Schenectady County Correctional Facility.
Rotterdam Police also arrested Latrisha Greene on the felony charge of tampering with physical evidence for texting to her husband Dequan from Ellis Hospital shortly after speaking to police about Charlie’s death requesting that he clean the house.
She was also charged with a misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child regarding Charlie. These charges were filed by the Rotterdam Police Department, not by the Grand Jury. She was processed on these charges and released.