Granville couple charged for repeated domestic incidents

New York State Police say they have arrested 33-year-old Brian Valastro on charges of criminal contempt in the first degree, assault in the third degree and endangering the welfare of a child. 29-year-old Kimberly Baptie stands accused of assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

The NYSP press release said that on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at about 9:07 p.m., Troopers responded to a home in Granville for reports of a past dispute.

The investigation determined Valastro and Baptie had had multiple altercations over the previous days. During the disputes, Valastro is alleged to have caused injury to Baptie while children were present.

This all occurred while an order of protection issued by the Granville Town Court was active against Valastro, protecting Baptie. Valastro had left the location earlier in the day.

On Thursday, Dec. 8, Valastro was located by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. New York State Police took custody of him and transported him to the Granville barracks for processing.

Valastro was arraigned at the Fort Edward Town Court and remanded to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $750 cash, $1,500 bond or a $2,000 partially secured bond.

At the time of arrest, Valastro reported he had injuries as a result of the disputes with Baptie. Further investigation determined that Baptie allegedly used a knife to intentionally injure Valastro during one of the disputes.

On Monday, Dec. 12, Baptie was arrested and processed at New York State Police barracks in Granville. She was transported to the Washington County Correctional Facility to await arraignment.