BY JEFF CHUDZINSKI North Country This Week MASSENA -- A three-year-old child was severely beaten in the village of Massena, leading to multiple felony charges for two Massena residents. Kaitlin S. …
BY JEFF CHUDZINSKI
North Country This Week
MASSENA -- A three-year-old child was severely beaten in the village of Massena, leading to multiple felony charges for two Massena residents.
Kaitlin S. Cyrus, 23, and Jovannie E. Vega, 24, have been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony, on Nov. 28, according to court documents obtained by North Country This Week.
Cyrus and Vega were also charged with four additional felonies, including reckless assault: causing serious brain injury to a child under five- shaking or slamming of the head, second-degree assault with intent to cause serious physical injury, second-degree assault: person 18 or more years causing injury to person under seven, and first-degree assault: causing serious injury through grave risk of death, according to documents.
Both Vega and Cyrus were remanded to St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility without bail.
According to documents, Cyrus allegedly allowed Vega to "engage in ongoing physical abuse of the three-year-old victim" and "failed to seek aid and did not seek medical attention for the victim until 48 hours after the abuse occurred.
In the course of the assault, Vega is alleged to have thrown the victim into the bedroom wall before slamming the child on the ground several times.
Throughout the course of the assault the child suffered a broken femur, broken arm, lacerated liver, brain bleed, severe brain swelling and loss of brain function, documents state.
Massena Chief of Police Jason Olson confirmed to North Country This Week that his department did not receive any prior complaints of abuse regarding the family.
It is unclear at this time if any other agencies may have received complaints prior to the incident.
Court documents did not state who filed the complaint that led to the charges.
The investigation is ongoing.