3-Year-Old Boy Is Taken Off Life Support After His Mother’s Boyfriend Allegedly Beat Him Until He Was Brain Dead
A three-year-old boy who sustained horrific injuries after he was allegedly beaten by his mother’s boyfriend died after he was taken off life support, family members said.
Jaden Jordan, of Brooklyn, New York, was hospitalized on Monday with a fractured skull, a lacerated liver, and injury to the brain ‘consistent with suffocation, strangulation and shaking’, prosecutors said.
Salvatore Luchesse told police that he was giving the boy a shower when the toddler fell and hit his head, but he was later arrested and charged with four counts of assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the New York Post reported.
Jordan was found unconscious and covered in feces before he was rushed to the Coney Island Hospital in critical condition.
Lucchesse initially said he was giving the three-year-old a shower after the toddler soiled his pants.
The 24-year-old, who has been arrested for domestic abuse numerous times, claimed the boy fell over and hit his head.
But he was later arrested and charged with four counts of assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
It remains unclear whether the charges will be upgraded after Jordan’s death.
Jordan showed no signs of brain activity on Tuesday, and he was transferred to the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan.
The toddler was taken off life support on Saturday, his biological father Guseyn Aliyev told the New York Post.
He said: ‘I was crying. The whole day I was there with him. I was rubbing his head. I told him, “I will see you on the other side.”‘
Aliyev, who was not on speaking terms with the boy’s mother Raven Haynes, told ABC he thought his son was ‘in good hands’.
The 33-year-old also slammed the Administration for Children’s Services, since they received an anonymous tip that a child was being abused and kept in a dog crate.
But the tipster had given authorities the wrong address, and the ACS was unable to track down Jordan. The agency is now under investigation, the Post reported.
Aliyev told ABC: ‘The whole thing would have been avoided if they had done their job…If somebody calls you, you can’t just, “oh, wrong house,” and forget about it.’
The boy was forced to stay inside a dog cage with a pit bull, the New York Daily News reported.
Luchesse has a history of domestic abuse allegations. He was accused of choking his five-year-old nephew in 2001, but he was not charged after doctors didn’t find any evidence, the Daily News reported.