Sunday October 16, 2011

GREENWICH, N.Y. -- A woman who reported abuse at a home for people with developmental disabilities in Jackson was arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for making false statements to police.

Police said that they had arrested Allison Baranski, 23, of Greenwich, on Friday for making a false written statement, a class A misdemeanor. The arrest came after a three month investigation into allegations that one of Baranski’s co-workers at the Arlington House, a home run by the state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, had used an electric cattle prod on one of the home’s residents.

During the investigation, Baranski made a written statement to Sheriff’s Deputy Kristen Hardy in which she alleged that a supervisor had used a cattle prod on one of the "consumers" who was often difficult to deal with.

After several interviews with workers and that supervisor, police said that they found no evidence to support Baranski’s claim.

Police said that Baranski was interviewed again by investigators on Oct. 12, and she admitted then that she had never seen a cattle prod used on any residents of the home.

Baranski gave no reason to police for the false allegation. She was released after her arrest and is pending prosecution on the village of Greenwich court, which is where she provided the statement to the deputy.

The sheriff’s department was assisted by New York State Police in their investigation.

-- Zeke Wright