A 3-year-old Brooklyn boy was on life support Tuesday after he was found in his home covered in feces with his tiny skull fractured, police sources said.
Investigators charged his mother’s 24-year-old boyfriend, who told cops the toddler slipped in the bathtub while he was trying to give the kid a bath, with assault.
“It’s as if the kid had been speared by a football player,” a law enforcement source said.
The boy, Jaden Jordan, was rushed from his W. Fifth St. home in Gravesend to Coney Island Hospital on Monday, just two days after the city’s child welfare agency investigated an anonymous tip about the boyfriend, but took no action, sources said.
Jaden, who also suffered lacerations to a kidney and his liver, showed no brain activity late Tuesday and was transferred to New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia in Manhattan, sources said.
Raven Chaynes and her son, Jaden.
Returning from the hospital to his Gravesend home, just blocks from where his son was brutalized, Jaden’s father was heartbroken.
“He’s most likely brain dead, all the signs show it,” 37-year-old Guseyn Aliyev said. “There’s no coming back. Even if he lives, he will most likely be a vegetable.”
Workers from the city’s Administration for Children’s Services checked out an anonymous tip Saturday about a girl locked in a dog cage in the Gravesend apartment. The tipster gave the address of the home next door to the family, apparently by mistake.
It does not appear that Salvatore Lucchesse, Jaden’s mother’s boyfriend, was ever questioned Saturday.
“The NYC Administration for Children’s Services is saddened by this upsetting news,” spokeswoman Carol Cáceres said in a statement. “We are investigating the circumstances that led to this incident.”
ACS would not confirm it received the tip or to what extent workers investigated it.
Cops charged Lucchesse with four counts of assault and one count of acting in a manner injurious to a child, cops said early Wednesday.
The mother shared this image of the smiling boy with a bandage on his head on her Facebook page.
“He kept the kids in a dog cage, used a pit bull to terrify them,” a law enforcement source said. “He’s a real menace.”
A neighbor, Busria Codurogu, said that about a week ago, she heard the little boy crying and a man yelling.
“I heard the man screaming, ‘Am I hitting you? I’m not even hitting you right now and you’re crying?’” she recalled. “I didn’t realize it was this bad.”
Neighbors said the boy’s mother, Raven Chaynes, moved into the home with her family just six weeks ago.
“They were always fighting, the man and the woman who lived there,” Codurogu, 24, said. “I never saw the child. Never saw him. I didn’t realize they had a child until I heard him crying.”
“Another one that fell through the cracks,” a source said of ACS. “They had Saturday and Sunday to do something and it didn’t happen. They didn’t notify the investigators and it looks like they didn’t go next door once they figured out the right address.”
At least one relative, a brother of the boy’s father, blamed ACS for the tragedy.
“They had the boy coming back and forth. They leave it with a stranger. Because of that the child is hurt now,” said Emin Aliyev, 31, the boy’s uncle.
New York Daily News front page for Nov. 30 about Jaden’s tragic death.
Two pictures from the mother’s Facebook page showed the smiling boy with head injuries. In one, he had a bandage on his forehead.
“I wasn’t in his life as much as I wanted to be,” Guseyn Aliyev said. Outside the crime scene, neighbors took note of a plastic container with clothes and stuffed animals including a monkey and a baby lion. Neighbors said it belongs to the little victim.
EMS workers rushed to the boy’s home at 4:24 p.m. Monday after someone called 911, sources said.
“A man had the baby in his arms, naked, faced up,” said a witness. “He told them, ‘Hurry up!’ It was terrible.”
Little Jaden’s injuries happened just two months after the death of Zymere Perkins, who apparently fell through cracks of ACS bureaucracy.
Zymere died Sept. 26 after being beaten with a broomstick in his Harlem apartment. That boy’s mother, Geraldine Perkins, 26, and her boyfriend, Rysheim Smith, 42, were hit with endangerment charges related to the boy’s death.
Before Zymere died, the boy’s mom had been the subject of five child abuse investigations, but had been cleared of any wrongdoing. Mayor de Blasio and ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrion came under fire for the agency’s failure to prevent the boy’s death.