Man charged with assaulting girlfriend's 3-year-old son in Brooklyn

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Man charged with assaulting girlfriend's 3-year-old son
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Carolina Leid has the story.

GRAVESEND, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A 24-year-old man was arrested and charged after a toddler was found badly hurt.

Salvatore Lucchesse, of Brooklyn, has been charged with four counts of assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Here's video of police walking Lucchesse to a car after his arrest:

Three-year-old Jayden Jordan remains in critical condition at Coney Island hospital with injuries he got in his family's home in Gravesend, Brooklyn, according to the New York City Police Department.

Police said Jayden's mother called 911 for help Monday afternoon. Lucchesse is her boyfriend.

The toddler was in cardiac arrest. Doctors at Coney Island Hospital found he had injuries to his head, spleen and liver.

Lucchesse told detectives the boy had an accident and he was giving him a shower, when the child fell and hit his head.

Neighbors said Tuesday that it doesn't make sense how Jayden ended up in the hospital. They said his mother and grandmother took very good care of him.

Other neighbors said they heard a commotion before the sound of sirens.

One said she saw a man carry a child to an ambulance, and that the boy's body was lifeless. She said she was stunned to see the man was not panicked.

The New York City Administration for Children's Services is investigating.

Timeline of Events:

- ACS Got an anonymous call on Saturday

- Within two hours, a child protective specialist arrived to an address they were given on West 5th Avenue where the child lived

- CPS realized they had the wrong address

- Sunday an ACS worker followed up and talked to residents, but again found nothing

- Monday, ACS got the right address along with Jayden Jordan's name and found his family. Details about that interaction are not yet available

- Monday afternoon Jayden was rushed to the hospital where he remains in critical condition

- The suspect told detectives that the boy fell and hit his head during a bath

- Detectives say that account is not consistent with the boy's serious injuries