A man was arraigned Saturday morning on second degree murder charges. The Rochester Police Department has charged Maurice Faison with second degree murder in the the death of his 9-month old son.
The Medical Examiners office has ruled the cause of death blunt force trauma to the head.
Faison entered a not guilty plea in court. According to the victim's mother, he seriously hurt Tristan Jordan Faison, causing his death.
A judge ordered no bail for Faison, who is now back in the Monroe County Jail.
It's a tragedy the family of nine month old Tristan Jordan Faison describe as unreal.
"Everyone loved him. Everyone really did because he was such a good baby," said Samantha Stavalone, victim's mother.
On September 3rd, Samantha Stavalone says her son was in the care of his father at their apartment, while she was at work.
She says when she came home and checked on Tristan, she noticed he wasn't breathing.
"As much as I hated him, I never thought he'd hurt the baby," said Mary Mickolichik, victim's grandmother.
Friday morning, right before Tristan's funeral, his father was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder.
According to family Tristan's injuries were so extensive, they included a broken collar bone and ribs. Stavalone says Maurice has been abusive in the past.
She says an order of protection for her was currently in place.
"He fractured my rib on Mother's day. I could have left then but... love is strong," she said.
A couple of Maurice's friends showed up at City Court Saturday to support him. They say whatever happened that may have been an accident.
"He loved his son. He loved his son. His son's first words were dah, dah. He loved it," said Tanesha Nalbantogla, Faison's friend.
Stavalone and her mother Mary Mickolichik spent Saturday morning packing Tristan's belongings. They say his life was short but meaningful.
"My sister said that, she goes I know that you don't want to hear this but, maybe Tristan was sent from God to teach you want love really was, so you don't keep getting abused, because this is my second one and you'd think I'd learn by now," said Stavalone.
Faison is expected to be back in court Thursday.