A Gloversville couple appeared in court on Wednesday after what police called one of the worst child abuse cases they’ve ever seen.
Police said 27-year-old Hali Waight let her son go more than 24 hours without medical help after her boyfriend allegedly beat him. Court documents claim 20-year-old Jose Acevedo threw the 2-year-old boy against a wooden dresser and a bedside table that caused fractures, bleeding, vomiting and severe abdominal trauma.
The case saddened local child advocates.
“Frustrated and sad,” former director of CASA of Fulton & Montgomery Counties Linda Burns said. “A child should never have to endure this. Ever.”
Gloversville is within the reach of CASA of Fulton & Montgomery Counties. Burns worked with cases in the area for nearly a decade.
“We say we are the voice of the child,” she said. “Every report we do we include the child’s wishes.”
But many want to know why the abuse took place, and why the child’s mother didn’t seek medical attention.
“Often, as I said, there are drugs involved; a short fuse,” Burns said. “People have too high an expectation of their children. They expect them to be little adults. I mean, there’s just a myriad of reasons why.”
Burns said child abuse falls on a spectrum.
“Abuse is actually on a continuum line,” she said. “And it starts with, let’s say, a bad day or poor parenting skills. And the far end of it is death. So if you catch it anywhere before that it’s a good thing.”
Burns said if you suspect a child is being abused to call authorities immediately.
“Just like they say you should do with suspected terrorism,” she said. “If you see something, say something.”
Waight is facing child endangerment charges for not seeking help for her son. Acevedo is facing two assault charges and one charge of endangering the welfare of a child.
Both are expected in court next week, and both have orders of protection against them in regards to the child.