Woman facing homicide charges after 3-year-old boy dies at Pittsburgh hospital


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A 31-year-old woman has been charged with homicide after a 3-year-old boy died at UPMC Children’s Hospital.

Chelsea Cooley is facing numerous charges, including criminal homicide, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and strangulation.

Pennsylvania State Police said troopers were dispatched to East First Street in Everett Borough, in Bedford County, on Saturday, on a report of a child who was choking on baby wipes.

The child, a 3-year-old boy later identified as Travis Young, was airlifted to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he died the following day.

Police said an autopsy revealed bruising and injuries, and was ruled a homicide as a result of “manual strangulation and asphyxiation.”

Cooley is being held in the Bedford County Prison with a preliminary hearing set for next week.