A year-long police investigation into who bit a one-month old child turns up inconclusive. But as our Barry Wygel tells us, the parents of the child are still facing charges.
GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- Police may say they've heard everything but even they didn't expect this call.
"We were advised of a complaint involving a child who had received some type of bite to their face," said Captain John Sira, with the Glovesville Police Dept.
It wasn't a dog bite or other animal, but an adult human bite. The bite was about two weeks old when police first learned of the incident, and they immediately began investigating, talking to the child's mother Heather Sartin who took a picture of the injury soon after it happened.
"We were able to secure a copy of that photograph, send it down for forensic analysis to determine if there was enough information to determine who the person who bit the child was," said Sira.
Forensic evidence proved inconclusive as to who actually bit the child, but police were able to charge the child's mother and boyfriend for their action in the wake of the incident.
Even two weeks after the biting incident occurred, police described the injury as still being bruised and discolored, and yet the parents of the child never attempted to get any medical help.
"Just for the most part, failed to take prudent steps to ensure the care of the child," said Sira.
Both Sartin and her boyfriend Zackary Bevers face misdemeanor child endangerment charges. After being arraigned, Sartin was released, with Bevers being sent to county jail pending bail.