Grandmother's tirade after 5-year-old is nearly beaten to death
BATON ROUGE- An emotional grandmother believes her grandson's father bullied his way into having his son live with him, a move that now has the five-year-old on the edge of death at a hospital.
Jayvian Isaiah Bergin was nearly beaten to death and rescued from his father's care Tuesday. His father, Vernell Day, faces charges for attacking his son.
Late Tuesday, Kate Bergin had only learned sketchy details about her grandson. She believes the state mistakenly made her grandson's father his caregiver.
"I just know he was just terribly beaten up by that maniac," Bergin said outside of the Violent Crimes Unit on the State Police campus. Not far from where she spoke with WBRZ News 2, police had just taken Day from interrogation to the jail where he faces attempted murder and felon in possession of a firearm charges.
Bergin said she was not being given much information by authorities or state child welfare workers, who also took her granddaughter from Day's care following his arrest. Bergin said her daughter, the mother of the two children, does not have them because she is homeless.
Bergin said Day was able to use his power over her daughter and their young children to get the children to live with him.
"He's gonna bully somebody who is helpless. Now, he, he, you know, whatever he did to that baby; how horrifying is that? It's horrifying," Bergin said in a stammer between tears and a growing sob.
Bergin's daughter and the kids' mother, Angela, was issued a summons after an altercation with authorities who were taking her eight-year-old daughter into custody during the emotionally-charged situation that unfolded at the compound across from Independence Park.
There was no immediate information about why the kids were in Day's care originally and Bergin did not elaborate on why neither she or her daughter were taking care of the two children.
Bergin said Jayvian Isaiah was in surgery Tuesday night and had been on a ventilator. She said she was not getting many updates, however.
Day told WBRZ News 2 as he was being escorted to a police car for a ride to the parish prison that he did not attack his son.
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