Little Jaden Jordan, who was battered by his mother’s boyfriend, has died after he was taken off life support, New York Daily News is reporting.
The 3-year-old Brooklyn boy who suffered a lacerated kidney, perforated liver and fractured skull died Saturday. His heartbroken father, Guseyn Aliyev, said it had been a difficult period for the family.
“It was devastating, when they first turned the machine off. It’s hard you know…the doctor said that’s it, he’s never going to come back after this.”
The young boy had been hospitalized Monday. His mother’s boyfriend, Salvotore Luchesse, alleged that he was giving the boy a shower when he fell and hit his head. Police had responded to a 911 call around 4:30 pm and found the 3-year-old unconscious and covered in feces.
He was rushed by emergency respondents to the Coney Island Hospital. Doctors confirmed that Jaden’s injuries were “consistent with suffocation, strangulation and shaking.” The 24-year-old boyfriend was later arrested and charged with four counts of assault and endangering the welfare of the young boy.
Aliyev said he was not on speaking terms with Jordan’s mother, Raven Haynes, but believed that his son was “in good hands.” Jaden’s chance of recovery was non-existent because he had a serious brain injury and was bleeding from the brain. Wounds that were found on his tiny body, showed a consistency of abuse, suggesting that his mother was aware of the violence against her son.
Luchesse, who is presently in jail, has a lengthy history of domestic violence. In 2001, he was accused of choking his 5-year-old nephew. He was not charged because doctors did not provide any evidence. In 2015, he was arrested by police after fighting with a sibling. The case was dropped after his sister, who initially called the police, refused to cooperate.
On November 26, the Administration for Children’s Services had received an anonymous tip that the little boy was being locked up in a dog crate and threatened with a pit bull. Unfortunately, the tipster gave agency workers the wrong address. The investigators were not able to figure out the right address until the little boy was hospitalized. The development left Jaden’s biological father furious, who blasted the agency for incompetence.
“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.”
Luchesse revealed that he was babysitting Jordan for his mother at the time of the tragedy. He insisted that he did not hurt the boy, but instead tried to save him by administering CPR and calling 911 when he fell and hit his head in the bathtub.
A jail insider made it known that Salvatore was still sticking to his story in jail, that he tried to save the child’s life, but that he was also complaining about the food that he was eating.
“He’s something else…he has an entire story about how he worked so hard to save his life….he’s walking around…the unit totally fine…worried about eating.”
The ACS said they put child protective specialists on the case within two hours after receiving the anonymous call of the maltreatment of the young boy. They said it became apparent after two days, they had a wrong address and were in the process of investigating further when the little boy was hospitalized.
“After two days of diligently and aggressively investigating the complaint, it became clear…that the caller reported an inaccurate address…we then promptly responded to the location in question and began a highly active investigation.”
Four days after the Jordan incident, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams initiated a Child Abuse and Engagement campaign to help people learn how to outline abuses and report it to the relevant authorities. The campaign was designed by Ama Dwimoh, a former chief of the Crimes Against Children Bureau in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. Adams said it was important not to leave the protection of children in the hands of the ACS alone.
“There’s no real, dedicated process to ensure that the everyday citizen knows how to report a suspected case of abuse. It’s not only ACS’ responsibility; it is every citizen’s responsibility to protect a child.”
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