A three-year-old boy allegedly beaten horrifically by his parents is currently on life support with zero brain activity, police say.
New York couple Donald Bovio and Alison Bovio have been arrested and charged with first-degree assault after they allegedly battered their child before he tumbled down a flight of stairs and hit his head on a kitchen floor.
The incident occurred at apartment 2A of 25 Peterman Road in Seneca Falls on Saturday afternoon.
Seneca Falls Police responded to a report of a child who fell down a flight of stairs and were shocked to discover the trauma was more than just a fall.
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Donald Bovio and Alison Bovio have been charged with assault in the first degree after they allegedly beat their three-old-old into a coma
The incident occurred at apartment 2A of 25 Peterman Road in Seneca Falls on Saturday afternoon
Officers said the child was found unresponsive on the kitchen floor with full-body trauma before he was transported to the hospital and placed on life support.
'It is the worst case of child abuse I have seen in my career... by far,' Seneca Falls Police Chief Stuart Peenstra said in a statement to MassLive.
'The little boy is in life-threatening, critical condition,' he added.
The Bovios were taken into custody on Monday evening.
When asked about the alleged abuse by CNY Central, the father denied he beat his stepson, and said, 'No.'
When asked about the alleged abuse by CNY Central, the father denied he beat his stepson, and said, 'No'
The child's stepfather also said he feels remorseful about the incident
When the reporter asked him whether he felt remorseful, he then replied, 'Yes, I do.'
The child's severe medical state was confirmed to be a result of abuse, not the fall.
'During his treatment, medical staff reported that his injuries were inconsistent with the fall,' Seneca Falls Police Chief Stuart Peenstra announced in a news conference.
Peenstra said a child abuse investigation started and the police department has been working with medical staff, Seneca County Child Protection Services and the New York State Police.
'During his treatment, medical staff reported that his injuries were inconsistent with the fall,' Seneca Falls Police Chief Stuart Peenstra said
Donald and Alison Bovio are currently being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.
Additional charges are pending, the officer said.
First-degree assault is a Class B violent felony offense. The couple faces 25 years behind bars.
The Bovio are expected to appear in court next on Friday.