A Brentwood man who beat his girlfriend's 7-year-old son nearly to death, then failed to call for help, faces a bleak incarceration behind bars, a Suffolk judge said Monday as he sentenced the man to 16 years to life in prison.
Rivera, who previously had served prison time for assault and weapons possession, pleaded guilty in November to beating Jordan Moore, 7, at the home of his girlfriend, Monique Ballard. Prosecutors believe Rivera may have beat the boy for not doing his homework.
Jordan had no pulse for 55 minutes after the April beating, Assistant District Attorney Elena Tomaro said yesterday.
"This child suffered such serious physical injuries that at one point he was declared dead," she said.
The boy, who suffered a lacerated liver and other injuries, has returned home and attends school but faces possibly permanent medical problems following numerous surgeries, Tomaro said outside court.
Rivera shook his head in court when asked if he had anything to say. His attorney, Daniel Barker of Riverhead, declined to make a statement in court.
After beating Jordan with his fists, Rivera did not call for an ambulance for several hours, Tomaro said yesterday after the hearing. Rivera did nothing until Ballard's other children came home from school and found Jordan injured in his bedroom, she said.
Rivera first told paramedics Jordan had an asthma attack, then left the apartment he shared with Ballard, Tomaro said.
Police searching for Rivera found him hours after the attack on a Long Island Rail Road train with a one-way ticket to Penn Station, Tomaro said. He told police Jordan was injured while he and the boy were playing, she said.
Hudson approved orders of protection for Jordan, his mother and his three siblings.