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September 26, 2018

Larceny Charge is the Latest for Woman Charged in Neglected Baby Case


Melissa Nichols, in a mugshot provided by the Oswego County Sheriff's Department.

Melissa Nichols, in a mugshot provided by the Oswego County Sheriff's Department.

The Fulton woman charged with keeping her child in what police called “deplorable conditions” was charged Friday with attempting to take things from the Granby Wal-Mart without paying for them.

The Sheriff’s Department reports that Melissa K. Nichols, 18, of 234 Oneida St., allegedly took hair products, toothbrushes and clothing from the store. The products had a value of $49.16.

Nichols was issued a ticket and released. She is scheduled to answer the charge on Oct. 18 in town of Granby court.

In July, Nichols was arrested after police searched the home she shared with Jeremy W. Bailey, looking for evidence in several business break-ins. Bailey was one of nine people arrested in that investigation.

While in the home, Fulton Police found what they described in their press release:

“During the course of the investigation it was found that the nineteen month old daughter of Jeremy Bailey and Melissa Nichols was living in deplorable conditions with no food, toys, bed, or clothes. The investigation revealed the infant would go days without eating and upon examination, a cigarette burn was located on the infants torso. It was also learned the infant had not received any of her immunizations or well baby exams since her birth.”

Nichols was charged with misdemeanor assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Her court case has not been resolved.

The child is in foster care.

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