Local man in shock after police say grandson, 2, severely abused

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The grandfather of a toddler police say was horribly abused feels completely torn apart.

“Shock,” John Waight said. “I feel like a zombie.”

Waight is a grieving father and grandfather. His 27-year-old daughter Hali Waight sits in jail. She’s accused of doing nothing for her 2-year-old son, who has been in the hospital for a week with a fractured skull, broken jaw, and internal injuries.

“Couple of days I’ll be able to bring him home,” Waight said. “Here, I hope.”

Hali’s 20-year-old boyfriend, Jose Acevedo, is accused of assaulting the toddler. Gloversville Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said it might be the worst case of child abuse he’s ever seen.

“Bruised from head to toe,” he said. “He was puking everything he ate or drank.”

Acevedo initially told police the bruises came from “rough housing” with the child’s four siblings.

“His story unraveled in a hurry,” VanDeusen said.

VanDeusen said Acevedo admitted to throwing the 2-year old against furniture. Waight lived below the couple in their Fourth Avenue apartment.

“He’s the babysitter and the boyfriend,” he said. “You’d think he’d take them like his own, but I guess not.”

Police said Hali was working at the time but never took the child to the doctor when she came home. Twenty-eight hours later, someone else called police.

“She had plenty of time to call for assistance or get her child to a doctor or a hospital,” VanDeusen said. “The call never came from her in the first place.”

VanDeusen said the four other children weren’t hurt. Waight is taken care of the kids, who he said are between the ages of 4 and 13. He also said Hali is currently pregnant.

Neighbors described the toddler as quiet and shy.

“That’s terrible,” neighbor Misty Vandyke said. “I don’t know how anybody could hurt a kid.”

Waight also didn’t understand, but he wishes his family could be together for the holidays.

“They say if I bail her out she still can’t be around the kids, but its Christmas time,” he said. “I mean, come on. They miss their mommy. That’s all they know; that mommy’s not here.”

Police said the child is getting better, and they believe he was released from the ICU on Tuesday.

Both Hali and Acevedo remain in jail. Orders of protection have been put into place to keep Acevedo away from the kids. Police said they may pursue the same for the mother.

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