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Police: 5-year-old assault victim dies

2012-11-17T08:43:00Z 2012-11-18T23:27:01Z Police: 5-year-old assault victim diesDON LEHMAN -- dlehman@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star
November 17, 2012 8:43 am  • 

GLENS FALLS -- The 5-year-old boy who was critically injured by his mother's boyfriend Thursday died early Saturday at Albany Medical Center, officials said.

Glens Falls Police received notification early Saturday that Gary Carpenter III had died, Police Chief Will Valenza said.

An autopsy was to be performed at Albany Medical Center later Saturday, according to Glens Falls Police Detective Sgt. Peter Casertino. Results were not available Saturday evening.

"We'll get an idea from the autopsy of the level of abuse and how long it was going on," Valenza said.

The death will likely result in the man suspected of injuring Carpenter, Brandon M. Warrington, 24, facing upgraded homicide charges, possibly as weighty as second-degree murder.

Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan said whether additional charges will be filed will be left up to a Warren County grand jury.

She said a schedule for the grand jury action was not available, but the case would be presented in the coming days.

Warrington and Carpenter's mother, Jennie M. Mattison, 23, were arrested late Thursday, hours after the lifeless 5-year-old was taken from their Mission Street, Glens Falls apartment with a severe head injury.

Warrington was charged with felony counts of first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment, while Mattison was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment.

Court records allege that Warrington pulled the boy's feet out from under him, causing him to hit his head, then shoved him to the floor a second time, resulting in a second blow to the head.

Police said he was "disciplining" the boy for a behavior issue, then became upset that he would not stop crying.

The reckless endangerment counts accuse the two of waiting 30 to 45 minutes before calling for medical help despite the boy's obvious head injuries.

Police were initially told Carpenter fell and hit his head, but later were told about the incidents in which Warrington is alleged to have hurt him.

Carpenter, who was known by the nickname "Little Wolfy," after his biological father, had been pronounced brain dead as of Friday morning, authorities said.

Meanwhile, The Post-Star has learned that Washington County Child Protective Services had recently investigated a child abuse complaint that involved the boy, but Warrington was not the suspected abuser. The outcome of that report was not available early Saturday.

"There was a CPS report involving the child," Valenza confirmed.

Warrington and Mattison were both on probation for a misdemeanor conviction related to the theft of metal grave markers from area cemeteries earlier this year.

Police records show the couple had moved four times over the past 14 months, moving from Fort Edward to Hudson Falls to Queensbury to Glens Falls.

They had moved to Glens Falls within the past two weeks.

It was unclear in which county the couple were on probation. The metal thefts stretched over three counties, and they were charged in multiple jurisdictions.

Both are in Warren County Jail for lack of bail pending Tuesday appearances in Glens Falls City Court.

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  1. St-Egreve
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    St-Egreve - November 19, 2012 11:34 pm
    Protecting innocent children from the hands of mentally wacko adults doesn't seem to be very high on our list of priorities these days. I'm not knocking DSS or CPS because I've never done that kind of work. Must be depressing.

    I suspect many times when a parent or guardian is suspected of having physically abused a child, they'll try to BS their way out of it. Maybe that's where CPS workers should trained; to be able to tell when somebody's blowing smoke up their ___.

    If we're going to allow these kinds of people to reproduce, maybe New York State should lead the way in enacting some new and harsher laws where if serious abuse happens more than once then the parent can kiss the kid goodbye forever. Forever means just that. The parent would never see the child again. The well being of the child is the most important thing here and any "visitation" would just be another opportunity.

    One way or the other this has got to stop. I hate to think this is only the tip of the iceberg.
  2. St-Egreve
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    St-Egreve - November 19, 2012 11:07 pm
    I'm sure you're a fine, upstanding individual and I mean that. But to go on record as saying that ALL atheists are good and decent people is really quite a stretch... Josef Stalin and Charman Mao anyone?
  3. momandprovider
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    momandprovider - November 19, 2012 12:03 pm
    I read all these comments from the loss of our 10commandments to the lack of protection from family court and cps,all of which play a factor and all good points. BUT what about those who have used the systems to punish each other. Making false accusations,leaving our courts and caseworkers to have to figure out who the liars are? Is the abuse and allegations true,or merely a discusting attempt of one human being trying to punish another,for some lame reason!? Meanwhile taking focus and seriousness away from our REAL victims,like this little boy,jessie..and all the others that somehow fell through the cracks! As well as these sick monsters need to be punished,there needs to be serious consequenses for those that abuse the system with false allegations! And those of us who mean well,we need to think what can we doto help these little victims
  4. seasalt1958
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    seasalt1958 - November 19, 2012 9:02 am
    This entire issue is a repeat of many other stories of abuse. When does it end? when will our law makers pay attention? I wonder how many adults knew that this child was at risk, how many? and did nothing for fear of getting involved. every adult is a mandated reporter I dont care who you are, a friend a neighbor, a sister, brother mother father grandparent. This child was 5 years old and the adults failed misterably again. we should all be outraged!!
  5. brooks
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    brooks - November 18, 2012 6:26 pm
    You are absolutely correct.
  6. openureyes
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    openureyes - November 18, 2012 3:54 pm
    Do the laws for CPS need to change...I think so.. Has this society changed and not for the better...I absolutely think so... The child is in a better place. I hope that something good comes out of this story- even if it's only one mother and one child- I hope a mother reads this story and decides to leave an abusive relationship before her baby falls victims to another horrific crime of abuse. I pray that in the end we find out that mother didn't seek help because she was threatened and not because she was involved. Tonight I will hug my 2 boys extra tight and kiss them one extra time for a mother and father who will never kiss their little boy good night again....
  7. I87north
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    I87north - November 18, 2012 11:26 am
    My question is: Who is watching DSS and CPS? Once again we hear that CPS was involved prior to a horrific incident. There seems to be a pattern developing in DSS, CPS, and family court involving a wait and see policy as opposed to immediate, active, and protective motions put into place to protect the defenseless child. Family Court also has a responsibility to stand up and end this horrible cycle of administrative and bureaucratic neglect and passive behavior. Where are our elected officials, Dan Stec, Bill Owens, Tony Jordan and members of the Warren County Board of Supervisors? We debate endlessly about jobs, Medicare, the fiscal cliff, yet NO ONE has stood up and said what’s going on with DSS and Family Court. Why are children being horrifically abused, sometimes being returned to the situation and hurt again, and returned again! This is our backyard. Children being abused and dying and others left to endure a life physical, emotional and mental anguish as a result of their abuse.
  8. Atheist1
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    Atheist1 - November 18, 2012 10:47 am
    Key, don't be ignorant. Religion has nothing to do with it. Those of us who don't "believe" are fine citizens. Before judging, try looking at all the abuse that DOES go on in church and "religious" followers homes.
    I don't "believe" and I would NEVER hurt a child. I also serve my community, have served my country and will also continue to be the best parent and teacher I can possibly be for my children.
  9. beccaboo
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    beccaboo - November 18, 2012 8:24 am
    How does a child die from abuse, when CPS was involved in keeping that child safe. I don't care who they were investigating....their goal is to keep that child safe. What happened??
  10. joyce millington
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    joyce millington - November 18, 2012 7:49 am
    What is wrong with the social services Cps was involved once what the heck why didnt they take him out of there and put him in fostercare . I want a child so bad i love kids but can not have one people like that do not deserve to be parents why in the world is it allowed. I hope they get the beating of their lives in jail.
  11. woodsplitter
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    woodsplitter - November 18, 2012 3:49 am
    grayghost that is exactly what the problem is,I couldn't of said it any better.kids having kids that have ever been trained how to be a parent.
  12. Key
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    Key - November 17, 2012 8:41 pm
    This society is sick, and the downslide of moral values began during the 1960's with the diminshment of the Ten Commandments, and the rise of the so-called free love movement encouraged by immoral far left judges. The judges got rid of the Ten Commandments and prayer in schools, and replaced them with atheist secularism; the vile Planned Parenthood promoting all kinds of immorality such as contraception for children and the unmarried, and the holocaust of abortion. Daniel Patrick Moynihan warned that this country would suffer as a result of "Defining Deviancy Down", in which he decried the rise and acceptance of out of wedloock births as normal. The murder of children has become normal to some young people - this is the result of the low value this society places on the lives of children.
  13. jaflans
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    jaflans - November 17, 2012 7:30 pm
    Greyghost is right on the money!
  14. Key
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    Key - November 17, 2012 4:39 pm
    New York state needs to reinstate the death penalty for those who are convicted of child abuse which results in the death of a child. There is no excuse for killing a child. Jail is too lenient for those who have intentionally inflicted deadly harm to a small child.
  15. SkyPilot
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    SkyPilot - November 17, 2012 4:02 pm
    Can anything be more horriffic than a child suffering abuse? This story just breaks your heart. There can be no justice served that can attone for this brutal act.
  16. Tinyangel01
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    Tinyangel01 - November 17, 2012 2:45 pm
    Sick, Sick people these two should have worse punishment than what they did to this Lil Angel... he was five years old what the hell could he have done that was so bad. He didn't deserve that one bit... they deserve to die and go to hell in my opinion???Who lays next to their child and watches his face swell and eventually die?? Sick people and to not call for help?? Who does that??

    R.I.P "Lil Wolfie"
    you are the "Lil" angel forever in our hearts....
  17. greyghost
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    greyghost - November 17, 2012 2:14 pm
    Several reasons why this is happening more. Children having children. A welfare system that encourages people to have more children by paying them more. Poor parenting typically breeds even poorer parenting. The breakdown of the moral fiber that once viewed out of wedlock children as something shameful. The gradual loss of a strong work ethic. Less emphasis in schools about actual parenting skills and more on so called safe sex.
    It IS a shame that there isn't at least some kind of qualification test or minimum standard before two people can have a child.
  18. radarjim
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    radarjim - November 17, 2012 12:09 pm
    Back in the day, these sorts were what made UP the bad neighborhoods.
    Now it's just about everywhere one goes, where ANYthing goes.
    Sorta like the TV show "COPS" only in real life.
  19. JennyGirl
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    JennyGirl - November 17, 2012 11:55 am
    More and more children are dying in the hands of their parents/care givers and this has to stop. Something needs to be looked into to see why these are happening. I think maybe mandatory parenting classes or something.
  20. dot2dot
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    dot2dot - November 17, 2012 11:52 am
    While CPS will be blamed for not acting sooner, I expect there were many people who saw the potential for this to happen and did nothing! Relatives, neighbors, and the police ? Stop for a second and think about situations YOU know of right now. I'll bet there are dozens more children living in situations as bad as this one. When will 'mothers' decide to stop chasing 'bad boy' boyfriends and decide to protect themselves and their children.
  21. sageygirlmason
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    sageygirlmason - November 17, 2012 11:49 am
    I was sorry to hear that this little boy had passed away. However, it seems that he is now in a better place far away from these people. In my opinion, the mother should be held more responsible then just reckless endangerment. She is just as much to blame for this child's injury's and she chose not to help him. Sad, sad day when a mother doesn't do everything in her power to save her child......
  22. Atheist1
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    Atheist1 - November 17, 2012 10:40 am
    Let's protect our communities children. New laws aren't needed, better neighborhoods are. These children are our future.
  23. golfer
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    golfer - November 17, 2012 10:05 am
    Is it just me or is this happening more these days than in years past ? My dad whooped my butt...however nothing like this !
  24. Baby10
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    Baby10 - November 17, 2012 9:45 am
    What is wrong with people...How can anyone purposely hurt a child????? There are so many people in this world that can not have children but would be awesome loving parents. Then there are parents who abuse their children or sit by and let others abuse them. I sincerely hope that the people responsible for this innocent little boy's death get the maximum punishment possible!!! RIP little angel.


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