Salvatore Lucchesse, 24, was indicted today for beating his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son, Jaden Jordan, effectively to death, according to acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
Lucchesse was charged with one count of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, but the charges could get upgraded, according to DA’s office.
“Jaden Jordan was an innocent and helpless child who died senselessly, allegedly after a cowardly and inexplicable assault at the hands of this defendant,” said Gonzalez in a statement. “There is no excuse ever, under any circumstances, for attacking a child. This investigation is continuing and the charges are expected to be upgraded at a later date, following a final determination by the Medical Examiner.”
He’s being held without bail and will appear in court again on January 27, and faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty.
Jordan was brought to Coney Island Hospital on November 28, covered in feces, and with injuries to his skull, kidneys, and liver. He was transported to New York Presbyterian-Colombia in Manhattan where he was put on life support.
He was taken off life support and pronounced dead on December 5.
Lucchesse, who has four prior arrests and was mentioned in numerous NYPD domestic incident reports, according to the News, maintains his innocence. His lawyer argued that the child’s injuries were the result of Lucchesse giving him CPR.
Jaden and his mother, Raven Haynes, 24, weren’t involved in Lucchesse’s past domestic incidents. However, four of the reports involved the same woman. One charge notes that Lucchesse broke an order of protection, another says he choked his five-year-old nephew in 2011, according to the News.
According to neighbors and police, Lucchesse would lock Jordan in a dog cage and terrorize him with a pit bull.