Thursday, January 26, 2023

Middletown Man Charged with Murdering 3 Year-Old

A Middletown man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend’s three year-old child.

During a press conference at the Town of Wallkill Police Department this morning, Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, Chief Robert Hertman of the Town of Wallkill Police Department, members of the New York State Police and other law enforcement officials announced that on Friday, December 23, 2022, Gionni Sellers, age 23, of Middletown, was indicted by the Orange County grand jury and charged with the crimes of Murder in the 2nd degree and Manslaughter in the 1st degree.

According to police, Sellers recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to a three year old boy, under circumstances evincing a depraved indifference to human life, and caused the death of the child. 

It is alleged that for a period of time in May and June of 2022, Sellers was responsible for watching the three-year-old son of his girlfriend.  In the days leading up to the child’s death, Sellers inflicted blunt force trauma about the child’s head and torso.  The devastating injuries caused grievous harm throughout the child’s body, including severe trauma to the child’s brain, which ultimately caused his death.   

Sellers was arraigned in Orange County Court today and remanded to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $750,000 cash bail. He is next scheduled to appear in court on January 4, 2023.  If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life upon a conviction to the top count of the indictment. 

An investigation conducted by the Town of Wallkill Police Department, assisted by the New York State Police, the Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office resulted in Sellers’s arrest on December 16, 2022.  The case was presented to an Orange County grand jury which charged Sellers with crimes including Murder in the 2nd degree.

Hoovler thanked all the law enforcement agencies involved for the investigation which led to the arrest of Sellers.  

“As alleged, this defendant’s depraved and wicked actions caused the senseless death of a vulnerable child,” said Hoovler. “My office, together with our law enforcement partners, will pursue justice for the victim in this case and thereby give voice to the voiceless.  I thank the police agencies involved in this case for their diligent efforts through a challenging investigation.”   

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