BRIDGEWATER, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Bridgewater man is facing a manslaughter charge in the first degree after his 13-month-old son, Brayden Gulbin, was found dead in their Doe Road apartment Monday.
Ian Gulbin, 31, kept his head down, and appeared to be crying before he came face-to-face with the judge Wednesday evening.
An Oneida County sheriff arrived at the Bridgewater home early Monday morning in response to a call for medical help for an unresponsive child. When he arrived, he found the 13-month-old had died.
According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, Gulbin and the child's mother, Anastasia Hogen, had moved to the Bridgewater home about six weeks ago, along with Hogen's 8-year-old son. The couple had previously lived in Sherburne.
On Sunday, Hogen had left for work at about 9:30 p.m. for her night shift in Norwich. The mother last saw her son alive when she left for work and checked on the child before she left. The 8-year-old and Brayden Gulbin were left with Ian Gulbin, officials say.
According to the sheriff's office, Hogen returned from work about 7:20 a.m. Monday. When she arrived home, she prepared a bottle and brought it to the 13-month-old's bedroom. When she entered the bedroom, she found Brayden lying lifeless on the floor of the bedroom near the crib. She then called 911.
The Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office completed an autopsy Tuesday and ruled the death a homicide.
The felony complaint presented in court says, "The said defendant did grab and slam his son into a hard object, causing serious physical injuries, including bruising and contusions to the head and facial area, two skull fractures, a lacerated liver, internal bleeding and other injuries."
The complaint goes on to say Gulbin didn't seek medical attention for his child and left him in the bedroom where he died.
Ian Gulbin was held without bail because he has four prior felonies. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 25.
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