3-year-old in critical condition after allegedly beaten by motherâ??s boyfriend

Amanda Bishop

A 3-year-old is in critical condition after he was allegedly beaten by his motherâ??s live-in boyfriend.

Deputies say they were called to 8064 Thompson Road in Cicero on Saturday evening where they found a 3-year-old who was in and out of consciousness and being treated by medical personnel.

The childâ??s mother, 27-year-old Amanda Bishop, of the Thompson Road address, was there with her two other children, ages 7 and 10, deputies say. Bishopâ??s live-in boyfriend, 27-year-old John Bonitz, was also present.

Deputies say the 3-year-old had extensive bruising and marks on his body. The child was taken by ambulance to University Hospital where he remained in critical condition as of Wednesday afternoon. He remained in the hospital Thursday afternoon.

Deputies say their investigation revealed that Bonitz had punched and kicked the 3-year-old, which caused internal injuries to the child.

Deputies found that Bishopâ??s other two children had several bruises on their bodies.

Bonitz was arrested on Saturday and charged with felony second degree assault and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned in the Town of Cicero court and is being held on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond at the Justice Center.

Deputies say the childâ??s mother punched her 7-year-old child with a closed fist, causing the childâ??s injuries.

Bishop was arrested and charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child, and obstructing governmental administration, all misdemeanors. She was arraigned in the Town of Cicero court and is being held on $10,000 cash/bond in the Justice Center.

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh says this is not the first time these children have been abused. "There was indication of past abuse bruising and burns that appeared to be cigarette burns that kind of mark on his body," he told CNY Central.

The 7 and 10-year-old children were taken into the custody of Child Protective Services.


eighbors are outraged after hearing of this incident. John and Elaine Saunta have been married and have lived just off of Thompson Road for more than 50 years.

"Imagine what that poor baby's going through in the hospital. Oh my God, what a shame. I think a 3-year-old will remember that for the rest of his life," says John Saunta.

Deputies are continuing to investigate.

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