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Boyfriend charged with 5-yr-old's death

Posted by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 12:51 AM
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BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - Police believe a woman's boyfriend took the life of her 5-year-old son.

Eain Brooks passed away on Tuesday after being seriously injured on Sunday. An autopsy determined Eain had been murdered, and Matthew Kuzdzal is now facing charges.

Police took the 26-year-old man into custody Wednesday night and charged him with second degree murder after determining Eain died from blunt force trauma to the head. Kuzdzal is the boyfriend of Eain's mother, Nora, who is currently pregnant with Kuzdzal's child and is due in a couple of weeks.

Eain's grandmother, Robin Hart, lamented, "I never thought there would be the day where I would have to bury one of my grandchildren."

"He laughed all the time. He was the most beautiful child there was. I don't even know how to describe him, he was too perfect."

Police say they received a 911 call on Sunday saying Eain had fallen down the stairs, but authorities knew something wasn't right.

Commissioner Daniel Derenda said, "When you have a 5-year-old that's injured and in critical condition, we would investigate but almost immediately things with the extent of the injuries [it] did not add up."

The little boy was rushed to Women and Children's Hospital with severe head injuries. After determining Eain was brain dead, he was taken off life support, and he passed away on Tuesday.

"It was the most difficult thing I've ever done. To sit and hold my grandson's hand and have my hand over his heart. And feel his heart stop," his grandmother said as she wept.

"There's not a word for how much I'm going to miss him. There's not a word for it."

Hart says she and her family were suspicious of Kuzdzal from the very beginning, and believed he had something to do with Eain's injuries and death.

"The family has never liked Matt," she said. "There have been times in the past where we thought he was hurting Eain. When they told me that they got him and they arrested him, I'm overjoyed. He needs to be behind bars."

Derenda stopped short of saying Kuzdzal admitted causing Eain's death.

"He has made some statements, implicating what he did," he said. "I will not go into those statements at this time."

Erie County spokesman Peter Anderson says Child Protective Services will conduct its own investigation.

Hart says she's grateful to police, especially the detectives who worked her grandson's case.

"I know those two men worked nonstop. They didn't stop until they got him," she said. "I know that, and I'd like to thank them from the bottom of my heart."

Kuzdzal does have a criminal record, including drug and robbery charges.

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Its.me.Sam.
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:00 AM

how awful. it doesnt say anything about if the mother knew about it or if it is as much of a shock to her.
ugh.  just... i cant imagine.   :(

Mommabearbergh
by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:00 AM
So sad
LAHnTAH0812
by Bronze Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:02 AM
this is in my community. so tragic. my son is 5, it hits home.
Bonnie_
by Bronze Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:12 AM



Quoting Its.me.Sam.:

how awful. it doesnt say anything about if the mother knew about it or if it is as much of a shock to her.
ugh.  just... i cant imagine.   :(

I watched the local  news briefing   they  had on it and the police chief  said the mother was at work at the time of the incident  and  was totally clueless until they called her.


Christy1919
by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:15 AM
Mom will probley bring the newborn to see "daddy" in jail
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