GRAVESEND, Brooklyn — As the man accused of fatally abusing a 3-year-old boy went before a judge for the first time on Friday, that toddler — Jaden Jordan — appears to also be deprived in death.
His body has gone unclaimed at the medical examiner’s office, due to an apparent lack of funds by his family for burial.
They’re hoping that a GoFundMe campaign will provide the toddler with the type of memorial and funeral he deserves.
Salvatore Lucchesse, 24, the boyfriend of the boy’s mother, made his first court appearance on Friday, charged with multiple counts of assault and one count of child endangerment.
Detectives arrested Lucchesse at the beginning of last week. They accused him of severely beating the toddler when he was babysitting, while the boy’s mother was out.
The child was found brain dead and covered with feces, on November 28, after EMTs responded to a 911 call at the home where Lucchesse was living with the child’s mother.
Jaden was taken off life support on Dec 3.
In the courtroom on Friday, Lucchesse openly wept after mouthing the words “I love you” to his sisters and other relatives, who also wept in their seats in the gallery.
Neither Jaden’s mother nor his birth father was at court, where Lucchesse pled not guilty. Still, his lawyer did not ask for bail.
That may be due in part because more charges, of murder, are expected to be filed against Lucchesse if the medical examiner determines that Jaden, who was found to also have a lacerated kidney and liver, was, in fact, murdered.
Meanwhile, Jaden’s body remains at the office of the medical examiner. The city does not allow a body to be removed by anyone but a funeral home that’s certified by the city.
Jaden’s parents have set up this GoFundMe page to raise money to pay for a certified funeral home’s services.
Meanwhile, Lucchesse’s next scheduled court appearance on assault charges is January 27.
It’s widely expected that he’ll have to make another first appearance, on murder charges, before then.