An up-and-coming teen in New York has reportedly admitted to killing her almost 8 week old son by punching and biting infants and then holding them underwater.
Tyler Zaugg, 19, was initially indicted on July 9, 2021, of one count of first-degree assault (involving circumstances demonstrating depraved indifference to human life), two counts one count of second-degree assault (with the intent to cause physical injury to a person less than seven years of age), and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The second-degree assault charges relate to incidents that occurred on June 29 and July 2 through July 4, 2021, according to Warren County court records obtained by Law & Crime In summer last year. The charges are class B, class D, class D, and class A felonies, respectively. The bail is set at $100,000 in cash or $300,000 in bonds.
According to court records, the baby was born on May 10, 2021. He died on July 16, 2021.
Earlier documents show prosecutors at one point charged Zaugg with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Zaugg’s charges were eventually upgraded to manslaughter and assault, and Zaugg pleaded guilty to those charges on Tuesday, according to reports. Albany NBC affiliate WNYT. The broadcaster only identified the infant by the name “Noah. ”
According to a police report obtained by Law & Crime, Zaugg is accused of hitting an infant under two months of age, “with a fist in the face which caused the victim to suffer severe traumatic brain injury.” The wound is said to “create a serious risk of death for the victim.” The reports also allege the defendant hit the victim “in the torso with a closed fist which resulted in the victim breaking multiple ribs and jeopardizing his life and health.”
Included in the case file is the testimony of Zaugg’s girlfriend – the mother of the newborn baby to the police.
The statement, which appeared to have been issued on July 5, 2021, said that between 5:49 p.m. and 5:53 p.m. on that day, “I had four missed calls from my boyfriend.”
“I called Tyler back at 5:53 p.m. and Tyler told me he would give [the baby] in the bathtub and he slipped in the water,” the girlfriend said in the police report. (She has Confirm by Glens . Falls After the star as Delaney Locke.) “He told me [the baby] not moving and I need to go home. I hung up and called him back and told him to call 911.”
The resulting 911 call arrived just before 6 p.m., After the star speak. First responders immediately noticed that the infant had “life-threatening injuries”, the newspaper reported.
Zaugg’s girlfriend’s mother drove her to the emergency room at Glens Falls Hospital. The staff there asked the girlfriend about the bruises on the child’s body.
“I have noticed bruising [sic] above [the baby’s] head, forehead, face and stomach and I’ve never seen him hurt himself,” Locke continued. “The injuries only started about two weeks ago. I’ve never seen Tyler do anything bad to [the baby]. ”
Locke later noted that Tyler was fired from his job at a local Walmart “for calling [sic] many times.”
According to the police report, the child’s mother later told police the birth “wasn’t a planned pregnancy” and that “Tyler was unhappy at first.” The mother said Tyler was “great for” the child, but she also asserted, “Tyler has previously made comments that if a child is abused [sic] they always blame the father. ”
“I asked Tyler once what was going on and if he was doing anything about it [the baby] and he was really upset with me,” the mother – as reported by Locke – continued. “I told Tyler NO [the baby] Tonight I shower until I get home from my mother. ”
The infant’s name was truncated from police reports. The After the star speak The baby endured life in the hospital for “nearly two weeks” before finally “getting out of his wounds”. WNYT report that part of Zaugg’s plea included an admission that he did indeed “hold the child in the water”.
Court records sometimes list Zaugg’s address at an apartment on Broad Street in Glens Falls and sometimes at an address in Lake Luzerne across the Hudson River from Corinth.
Sentencing is expected on April 7, 2022. Zaugg is expected to be sentenced to 32 years in prison plus 5 years of supervision after his release, After star note.
Read some of the Zaugg case files below:
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