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Sheriff: Accused mother cannot attend son's funeral

Posted at: 11/27/2012 5:55 PM
Updated at: 11/27/2012 6:12 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

QUEENSBURY - When a shackled Jennie Mattison walked out of court last Tuesday, she went back to the Warren County jail. The 23-year-old Glens Falls woman is charged with felony reckless endangerment, hindering prosecution and endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors contend that she didn't get her son, Gary Carpenter the third, immediate medical care after he was attacked at her Mission Street apartment.

The child died from massive head trauma.

Police have charged Mattison's boyfriend with murder.

The little boy's funeral will be held Wednesday at Gospel Lighthouse Church in Hudson Falls. Mattison wants to go.

"It's her son. It's the last chance she'll have to see him," said Tucker Stanclift, Mattison's attorney.

But Warren County Sheriff Bud York, who has the authority to decide if inmates can attend funerals, says it would be a security risk for her to be there and he denied Mattison's request.

"The circumstances aren't right here," said York. "We've got to protect the public and our officers as well. There has been some threats out there, there's been some bad feelings. So we're certainly not going to put anybody the public especially in jeopardy."

Mattison's attorney says he understands the sheriff's concerns, but doesn't agree with him.

"This whole funeral business in my opinion is a lack of humanity," said Stanclift.