Allegations of Physical Abuse Emerge in Niece’s Testimony


Allegations of Physical Abuse

Emerge in Niece’s Testimony

By PARKER FISH • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Elizabeth Welsh Callahan allegedly told her niece, Amanda Travis, that her husband Casey Callahan had kicked her in the stomach while she was pregnant with their son, Connor.

“I didn’t like the way he treated Lizzy,” Travis said during her testimony as part of this afternoon’s proceedings in the case against Callahan, who is charged with Elizabeth’s murder.

Amanda and Elizabeth worked together at the Arc Otsego before Elizabeth’s death on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000. Amanda also alleged that she had seen bruises on her aunt’s thighs, and that Elizabeth had told her the bruises had come from Casey during a fight.

However, her testimony that Elizabeth asked for time off for the trip apparently contradicted the statement that Elizabeth’s sister, Marie Valentine, made yesterday. In her testimony, Valentine said that Elizabeth was surprised that Callahan came home on a Wednesday, but Valentine had begged her not to go on the trip with him.

The trial recessed for the day at 1:45 p.m. and will resume at the Otsego County Courthouse tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.

One thought on “Allegations of Physical Abuse Emerge in Niece’s Testimony

  1. Amanda

    The end statement of this article is not accurate. I knew she called the day she left bc I TOO begged her not to leave. I was tripped up by the defense and it makes me so mad. Lizzy told me she had to go to fix thier marriage and told me not to worry..she would be ok. Those were the last words I heard from her. There was NO contradiction!

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