A New York state trooper has been charged with the murder of 11-year-old Monica Goods, who died last year while going to a family Christmas gathering with her father, stepmother and 12-year-old sister.
Officer Christopher Baldner, who was detained on Wednesday, is accused of ramming the family’s car twice from behind and causing it to flip during a high-speed chase on the New York Thruway in Ulster County, the Daily News reports. Baldner, now facing charges of murder, manslaughter and reckless endangerment, was suspended without pay. The officer was also placed on desk duty while the case was being investigated.
“Police officers are entrusted to protect and serve, but Trooper Baldner allegedly violated that trust when he used his car as a deadly weapon and killed a young girl,” Attorney General Letitia James said. “While nothing will bring Monica back, we must hold law enforcement to the highest standards, which is why my office is committed to seeking justice in this case.”
Thank you for keeping your promise to @I_LOVE_NY PEOPLE, @NewYorkStateAG&TEAM!
Building a more”JUST NY”has been on the docket for decades.
⚖️THANK YOU FOR JUSTICE⚖️ 🌹MONICA GOODS🌹
NOTHING can EVER cure that pain for her loved ones,however,
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