Saturday, May 15

Blows “from head to toe” had a child who died in Harlem, but neighbors and police did not perceive it

Ayden Wolfe, the 10-year-old boy who was beaten to death at his NYCHA home in Harlem, had multiple broken ribs along with a lacerated spleen, liver, kidney and renal vein.

His mother’s boyfriend, Ryan Cato, 34, was indicted Monday night on murder charges in the boy’s death and ordered to be held without bail.

Wolfe was covered in bruises and abrasions “from head to toe” when rushed to a hospital from his home on the 4th floor in Saint Nicholas Houses en West 131st Street, according to the criminal complaint. His cause of death was battered child syndrome, the autopsy revealed.

An investigation found that an anonymous person in the building heard banging and screaming in the building Friday for about 40 minutes. According to court documents, someone called 911 but did not give police an apartment number.

Two officers searched the building and listened at the doors for a domestic dispute, but heard nothing. admitted NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea. The officers They called the number of the person who had contacted 911 twice, but received a voicemail. Finally, they left the building and resumed their patrol.

“To be clear, the person allegedly responsible for Ayden Wolfe’s death is Ryan Cato, who has been charged with second degree murder,” Shea said. “Nevertheless, I have directed the Office of the Chief of Department to review the police response on Friday to determine if the actions of the officers were consistent with all the department’s procedures and if our current procedures need to be reviewed ”.

On Saturday around 11:45 a.m., the same person allegedly heard more banging and screaming. Police arrived around 2:20 p.m. after a 911 call for an assault. Wolfe was on the ground unconscious and not responding. The 10-year-old boy was pronounced dead by an emergency room pediatrician at 4:20 p.m.

In a meeting Sunday, Saint Nicholas Houses Association President Tyrone Ball said what happened in the building was everyone’s business. “These walls are thin enough that you can hear if a child is in trouble.”, he claimed. A) Yes, many wonder why residents did not perceive the abuse suffered by the child for a long time.

Cato had three previous arrests, including one in Brooklyn for allegedly assaulting the mother of his children on December 29, 2020. He allegedly hit her several times in the face and squeezed her neck in front of the couple’s children, aged 6 and 12, he said. Pix11.

“The crime was not eligible for bail under the new bail reform laws, so Cato was released,” detailed Daily News.

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