Queens DA: Newborn Allegedly Abused By Parents ‘Suffered Extensively’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say the parents of a 6-week-old baby who was severely battered and malnourished could face up to 25 years in prison if they’re convicted.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Wednesday that Joyce Nazareth and Victor Lugo are being held without bail while awaiting a Sept. 16 court appearance.

Brown said the newborn, Liam Lugo, “allegedly suffered extensively at the hands of the very people who should have loved him the most.”

“In addition to multiple fractures throughout his body, his nose eroded as a result of severe infections and he will be required to undergo multiple reconstructive surgeries,” Brown said. “The infant was so malnourished when he was admitted to a local hospital for treatment that he weighed less than he did at birth.”

Prosecutors also allege that the baby’s parents failed to seek immediate medical treatment.

Liam was admitted to a hospital on Aug. 22 and is still hospitalized. Brown said he will need long-term feeding rehabilitation, antibiotic therapy in addition to the multiple reconstructive surgeries to his nose.

His parents are both charged with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. Nazareth is also charged with second-degree assault.

The parents’ attorneys did not immediate respond to requests for comment on their behalf.

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One Comment

  1. The Facts says:

    Hope they both get the max and then deported if illegals.

  2. Kate says:

    There is absolutely NOTHING to say on their behalf. Weighed less at 6 wks. than he did at birth, an outrage. Was there no other family checking in on a new baby in the family. Multiple fractures and an “eroded nose due to severe infections.” Even the native people of many cultures would not have had a severe enough punishment for these 2. Spare me any defense play that they needed a program or other jive. These 2 are not good people deserving of the kindness of strangers. May Karma serve as their eternal judge, jury, and anything else.

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