The two Seneca Falls parents accused of beating their 3-year-old son to death last week were arraigned on a 12-count indictment this morning in Seneca County Court.
Alison and Donald Bovio, the boy’s mother and stepfather, allegedly hit 3-year-old Panagiotis “Peter” Stephanides-Vacchino with a belt causing his head to hit the floor. The toddler died last Wednesday, after being on life support for several days.
After both pleaded not guilty, Yates County Judge Jason Cook, sent the Bovio’s back to Seneca County Jail in lieu of $400-thousand dollars bail, or $800 thousands dollar bond.
Peter loved to hike, enjoyed playing with firetrucks, and dressed up as a firefighter for his last Halloween.
3-year old Panagiotis “Peter” Stephanides-Vacchino is being remembered in his obituary published by Legacy. com. Funeral services for the young boy will be held Saturday in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
The Seneca Falls boy died May 16th after being removed from life support at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse.
UPDATE: Seneca Falls Parents to be Arraigned on Murder Charges Thursday
Seneca Falls Police and Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch have released more information about 3-year old boy taken to the hospital last weekend.
At a news conference late Thursday afternoon, they said the boy – Panagiotis Stephandides-Vacchino, known as Peter, died Wednesday at 1:42pm when he was taken off life support at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse.
A Seneca County Grand Jury today returned a 12-count indictment against Peter’s parents- Stepfather 38-year old Donald Bovio and Mother 38-year old Alison Bovio.
They are charged with:
- 3 counts of Murder in the 2nd degree
- 2 counts of Manslaughter in the 1st degree
- Manslaughter in the 2nd degree
- 2 counts of Assault in the 2nd degree
- Reckless assault of child
- Criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree
- 2 counts of Endangering the welfare of a child
Donald Bovio called 911 on Saturday night seeking medical assistance for his stepson after the boy reportedly fell down the stairs with the family’s Peterman Road apartment.
Responding officers found the boy unresponsive and he was airlifted to Upstate. Hospital officials say the boy’s injuries were inconsistent with a fall.
Donald and Alison Bovio will now answer the charges in Seneca County Court. There court appearance will be scheduled in the next couple of days.
The young Seneca Falls boy had been on life support since early Sunday morning.
An autopsy is being performed by the Ononadaga County Medical Examiner’s Office.