Two Queens Village parents have been charged with a reprehensible crime: abusing and starving their infant child.
Joyce Nazareth, 23, and Victor Lugo, 27, both of Jamaica Avenue, were booked on first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child charges for failing to seek immediate medical treatment for life-threatening conditions between Aug. 8, 2016, and Aug. 22. Nazareth was additionally charged with second-degree assault.
According to District Attorney Brown, Liam Lugo was born on July 11, 2016, and weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces. On Aug. 22, 2016, the infant was admitted to a local hospital weighing just 6 pounds and 8 ounces.
The physician who examined the baby at the time determined that he had multiple fractures to his clavicle, ribs and right humerus. He was also allegedly suffering from life-threatening infections, acute failure to thrive and was malnourished.
“[Just] weeks old, this baby allegedly suffered extensively at the hands of the very people who should have loved him the most. In addition to multiple fractures, his nose eroded as a result of severe infections and he will be required to undergo multiple reconstructive surgeries,” Brown said in a press release.
The victim will require long-term feeding rehabilitation and antibiotic therapy, according to Brown.
Nazareth and Lugo were both arraigned Friday, Sept. 2, before Queens Criminal Court Judge Ernest Hart, who ordered the defendants be held without bail and to return to court on Sept. 16. If convicted, they each face up to 25 years in prison.