Police: NY parolee charged with 'horrific' abuse of 2-month-old son
NUNDA, N.Y. (WHAM) - A parolee from Nunda was indicted on multiple felonies for allegedly beating his 2-month-old son, according to Nunda police.
Brock Hyde, 35, was indicted for second-degree assault and reckless assault of a child.
An indictment unsealed in Livingston County Court last week said Hyde's son sustained multiple severe injuries due to Hyde's abuse. The baby had a fractured skull, 11 fractured ribs in various stages of healing, dual eye retinal hemorrhages, fluid and swelling on the brain, and a broken bone in his foot.
According to Nunda Police Chief Jeffrey Wilcox, it was a doctor's visit in December that first brought these abuse allegations to light. The physician suspected possible abuse and called Livingston County Child Protective Services. The following day, the baby was removed from the home.
The Nunda Police Department, the New York State Police, the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office, UR Medicine, the Bivona Child Advocacy Center, Livingston County Child Protective Services, and the Livingston County Crime Victim’s Coordinator worked together on the investigation.
The baby has since been released to foster care.
Hyde is on parole. He has served three prison sentences on multiple felony convictions.
In 2004, he was sentenced to two to six years in state prison for burglary third and criminal possession of stolen property fourth convictions. He was released to parole July 26, 2005.
Less than one year later, Hyde was convicted of robbery second and assault second. He was sentenced to 4 1/3 to five years in prison and served a sentence from May 2006 to July 2010. He was conditionally released to parole July 22, 2010.
Hyde was sentenced to two to four years in prison after a third conviction in 2012, this one for an attempted reckless endangerment first charge. He served his sentence from April 2012 to April 2015 and was released to parole April 28, 2015.
He is currently in the Livingston County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Livingston County Court Tuesday morning.
A friend of Hyde's and the baby’s godfather, Patrick Parsons, said he can't believe he would ever hurt his son.
“It's kind of hard to say that Brock would do this because he loves his kids,” said Parsons. “I've never known him to be aggressive toward kids one bit."
According to Wilcox, the department has been called to the home in the past, but only for minor incidents. He said this is the worst child abuse case he’s ever seen.
"It's one of the things we as police officers, as parents, too -- I just can't even understand the reason behind it. Even 'til this day, we've been dealing with this since December, I just have no idea,” said Wilcox.
The baby is now 4 months old and in foster care.