OLYPHANT– In family pictures 10-month-old Silas Sorak appears to be happy and healthy.
However Friday night the 10 month old died, two days after his mother’s boyfriend allegedly slammed him into a crib inside a home on Delaware Avenue in Olyphant.
Prosecutors say Eddie Widdick was inside the house with Ashley Nelson’s five children as well as two other kids he was babysitting, when he got angry at and forcefully threw Silas down, hitting the baby’s head on a metal crib. Investigators say they found bruises on five of the other children.
Silas’ aunt Tiffany Kowalewski says her family was worried about the safety of the baby boy, his twin sister Charlize and their siblings.
“Living environment ,bruises, they were not being taken care of the way children should,” she said.
Kowalewski says her family tried to get help before it was too late.
“They had contacted children and youth, nothing was ever done, it is a difficult situation, there are a lot of mixed emotions,”she adds.
A spokesperson for Lackawanna Children and Family Services tells Newswatch 16 they can not comment on the specifics of the case.
Kowaleski was seriously injured in a car wreck last September and never had a chance to meet her 10-month-old nephew.
“I would have liked to have met him at some point. I would have liked for my kids to have met him. My mother lives in Montana, she never even got to meet her nephew, and now none of us ever will.”
Widdick is facing charges for injuring the baby, but those may be upgraded following an autopsy.