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Parents of malnourished, injured infant arraigned, DA says

An infant suffered fractures and a nose “eroded” by infections at the hands of his parents, who have been arraigned on felony charges, the Queens district attorney’s office said Wednesday.

Two-month-old Liam Lugo remains in a hospital and will need several reconstructive surgeries for his nose, along with long-term feeding rehabilitation because he has lost weight since his birth, prosecutors said.

Joyce Nazareth, 23, and Victor Lugo, 27, both of Queens Village, were in court Friday on charges of first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, both felonies, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Nazareth was also arraigned on second-degree assault.

Their son was 6 weeks old when he was admitted Aug. 22 to a hospital, and the doctor who examined him found fractures in his ribs, clavicle, or shoulder bone, and right humerus, or upper arm — all in various stages of healing, prosecutors said.

He suffered from “life-threatening infections, acute failure to thrive and was malnourished,” prosecutors said.

At birth, Liam weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, but the day he got to the hospital, his weight was 6 pounds, 8 ounces, authorities said.

The Queens district attorney accused the parents of inflicting the injuries on their son and failing to get him medical treatment.

“The victim in this case is an infant, who depended on his parents for sustenance and care,” District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement. “However, just weeks old, this baby allegedly suffered extensively at the hands of the very people who should have loved him the most.”

The couple, of Jamaica Avenue, were held without bail and face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of all the charges, prosecutors said. The couple’s relatives and their attorneys could not be reached Wednesday night.

Details on how the baby was injured or beaten and how his plight came to authorities’ attention were not available Wednesday night from prosecutors.


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