Abusive father getting released early from prison


CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WIVB) – A young boy from Kenmore, who was severely beaten as a baby, continues to suffer to this day. Now, the abusive father who caused the pain is about to leave prison a year and a half early. Almost four years after his father violently beat him, Jay-J Bolvin  still deals with seizures and developmental delays.

The family of Jay-J is dreading Monday, the day the 4 year-old’s father, the man who abused him, is expected to be released from prison. They just found out on Friday through a letter from the Niagara County District Attorney, that Jeremy Bolvin will be released early on parole.

He’s served 2 1/2 years of his 4-year sentence. Bolvin physically abused Jay-J as an infant. He was beaten so badly 11 of his bones were broken and he has a severe seizure disorder. He also has developmental delays, which is something his family says he’ll struggle with forever.

Jay-J’s family fought for “Jay-J’s Law” that strengthens penalties for repeat child abusers. They’re upset his father is being released from prison early. “We’re not interested in punishing him, we’re more interested in protecting the public from him,” said Kevin Retzer, Jay-J’s great-uncle. “Anxious, upset, but it actually makes us want to work harder instead of just saying it was all for nothing. That’s not how we feel,” said Chris Retzer, Jay-J’s great-aunt.

Retzer says they’re working with Senator Tim Kennedy who will be contacting the parole board to see if the decision can be rescinded and to find out how he is being allowed to be released.

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