Local teen charged in toddler assault

Teen Charged With Severely Beating Toddler

MARILLA, N.Y. -- A 17-year-old from Springville faces felony assault charges, accused of severely beating a 2-year-old boy inside a home in Marilla on Friday.

Erie County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Devon Vanderwege.

The Buffalo News first reported that the teen was babysitting the toddler. Family members told the News that the young child suffered serious injuries that resulted in him being placed on life-support.

2 On Your Side confirmed through a source that doctors informed the family that the toddler had been declared brain dead. He was being kept on life support so his organs could be donated.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office declined to provide details on the case, as the investigation is ongoing and "incomplete".

Vanderwege could face more serious charges, including manslaughter or murder, according to law enforcement sources and a legal analyst.

He is in the Erie County Holding Center and is being held without bail. He will go before a Marilla Town Judge this Thursday for a felony hearing.

2 On Your Side will have more information on this criminal investigation as it becomes available.

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