Three-Year-Old Boy From Seneca Falls Dies From Child Abuse, Murder Charge Filed

A three-year-old boy brutally beaten by his mother and stepfather in Seneca Falls has died from his injuries, according to investigators.

State Police and Seneca Falls Police said Donald and Alison Bovio who are both 38 have been indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on 12 counts each of which includes murder, manslaughter, assault and child endangerment.

Alison is the boy’s biological mother; Donald is the stepfather.

Both Alison and Donald were indicted on three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree manslaughter, one count of second-degree manslaughter, one count of reckless assault on a child, two counts of second-degree assault, one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The boy who is identified as Panagiotis Stephanides-Vacchino was on life support for many days at Upstate Medical Center. According to police, he died on Wednesday afternoon. His biological father visited him before he died.

According to court documents, Stephanides-Vacchino was beaten by Alison and Donald with a belt several times inside their apartment in Seneca Falls, “intentionally causing his head to strike a hard floor surface.”

Stephanides-Vacchino was then knocked unconscious. The boy was not able to breathe on his own and had brain bleeding with no activity, court documents stated.

Police had been to the home initially for a follow-up CPS case that began in Massachusetts. The couple had moved from that state around two months ago.

Seneca Falls Chief Stuart Peenstra said aside from the murder and manslaughter counts, several other charges were related to alleged abuse that happened in April and May.

Investigators said Donald has an extensive criminal history. They are working with police in Massachusetts to learn more about him.

Chief Peenstra refused to comment whenever he was asked if the two suspects had a history of physically harming Stephanides-Vacchino.

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