Three-year-old continues to fight for his life after alleged assault
SENECA FALLS, N.Y. —
A three-year-old boy continued to fight for his life Wednesday after what police say was abuse over a period of time.
Seneca Falls Police Chief Stuart Peenstra says the biological father of the three-year-old who was allegedly beaten by his mother and step-father met with investigators Wednesday.
"We made contact with the biological father, he was on his way from Massachusetts here to the Syracuse area," Peenstra said.
Police say they believe that this wasn't an isolated incident of abuse. Ben Fox, is a neighbor and does maintenance at the Seneca Falls apartment where Donald and Alison Bovio lived with the toddler, said what he heard was disturbing.
"We heard and listened to sounds of beatings and chaos in an apartment, and now we're trying to heal," Fox said.
Fox says every encounter he had with Donald he seemed agitated and that the couple and the child were never outside.
"I would never ask him direct questions about what went on in there but, he would come up to me and immediately feel like he had to justify things," Fox added.
He says it will take time to get over what he saw and heard especially knowing the little boy is on life support.
"It's just hard to explain to any individual that's never lived a month of hearing and seeing somebody being tortured and knowing that it was happening,"
The little boy remains on life support as of Wednesday night. Fox said they are planning a prayer gathering as they try to make sense of what happened.