A couple from upstate New York have been apprehended in the death of their 17-year-old child with cerebral palsy, whom detectives said had been horrifically neglected, wasted down to a terrifying 55 pounds, and also left covered in bedsores.
Lisa Waldron, 43, as well as Anthony Waldron, 37, from Palermo were taken into police custody on Wednesday, prosecuted with criminally negligent homicide, second-degree manslaughter and first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person originating from the May 2021 death of Jordan Brooks.
The pair were arraigned in Oswego County Court just hrs after their arrest and also plead not guilty to the charges. A court set Lisa’s bail at $10,000 and also Anthony’s at $20,000, since he has a prior conviction as well as was regarded a flight danger.
Lisa Waldron, 43 (left), and Anthony Waldron, 37 (right), have been charged with criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a disabled person for the May 2021 death of their son, 17-year-old Jordan Brooks who suffered from cerebral palsy
Brooks was consequently rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The following day, his mom penned a tribute to her boy on Facebook.
“My god I miss you,’ she wrote. ‘You were more than my son and I was more than your mother. We were best friends.
“Nobody could make me laugh like you did. The pain I feel is like none other. … Your empathy will be missed. Your laugh will be missed. Your sarcasm will be missed. Jordan you will be missed. I love you my little buddy.”
A postmortem examination later determined that the teenager was seriously underweight, tipping the scales at just 55 pounds at the time of his death, which is the average weight of a healthy and balanced eight-year-old kid. Brooks additionally had bedsores covering ‘a substantial section of his body.’
The sheriff’s workplace introduced a months-long investigation right into the teenager’s fatality, which consisted of interviews with his parents, teachers, physicians as well as physical therapists, along with a comprehensive evaluation of medical and also school records.
Deputies responded to the Waldrons’ family home in Palermo, New York, on May 9, 2021, and found Brooks unresponsive. He later died in a hospital
A day after her son’s death, Lisa Waldron wrote this gushing tribute to her ‘little buddy’
Brooks weighed just 55lbs at the time of his death and was covered in bedsores
In February 2022, the clinical examiner’s office launched its final report, which figured out the cause of Brooks’ death to be murder “caused in part by infection and malnutrition.” there were no indications that his death was related to his cerebral palsy.
During the Waldrons’ arraignment, a district attorney efficiently requested the court to release a restraining order for Lisa’s 14-year-old child, who is currently staying with her maternal grandmother, saying that he did not desire the parents to possibly tamper with the young lady’s future testimony about her brother’s treatment, reported Syracuse.com.
It was revealed in court that both the partner and also spouse are unemployed and Anthony collects disability payments.
Anthony Waldron has a criminal record, that includes a conviction for a tried second-degree robbery. He served 2 years in state jail and also was paroled in 2004.
Oswego County Sheriff Don Hilton stated that numerous problems were made regarding Brooks’ therapy in his home to a child abuse hotline from the Mexico City School District, where Brooks was a pupil, prior to his fatality.
Numerous teachers and staffers raised problems concerning the kid’s problem, according to a criminal grievance cited by Syracuse.com.
One teacher’s aide affirmed that on one occasion, the teenager turned up in class on a Monday using the very same baby diapers he carried Friday.
Institution workers reported that Brooks would come to college after a break feeling stiff, as if he had not been moved. They stated he dealt with hemorrhaging gum tissues from a noticeable lack of dental treatment as well as had difficulty ingesting food and also water, which required clinical attention.
A detective on the case wrote about the parents’ supposed failing “to move Jordan and/or remove him from his wheelchair frequently enough to prevent his bed sores from becoming infected or exposing his bones.”
A teaching assistant that was accountable for aiding Brooks claimed his mobility device smelled of urine as well as he commonly wet himself due to the fact that he was using toddler-size baby diapers.
College staffers said they had continuously raised problems with youngster protective services concerning Brooks, however, asserted that little was done. It was declared that a caseworker went to the young boy’s home as well as concluded that every little thing was ‘fine.’.
The Oswego County Department of Social Services has not discussed the allegations that Brooks’ situation might have been mishandled.
Social Services Commissioner Stacy Alvord released a statement that shared condolences.
“A lengthy and thorough investigation determined that this young man was not provided with the care he desperately needed and deserved,” the statement read, in part. “The matter is now in the hands of law enforcement and the courts.”
“The Oswego County Department of Social Services (DSS) coordinates its efforts with law enforcement. We have faith and trust in our public safety and court systems that the justice this young man deserves will be served.”
“Law enforcement and criminal proceedings may ultimately provide further details of this tragedy, but DSS cannot comment on anything that could potentially impact a criminal investigation or compromise a fair trial.”
Anthony Waldron is due back in court on March 22, both he and also Lisa are arranged to appear in front of a judge again on April 4.
H/T The Daily Mail