BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- The father who beat little Jay-J is back behind bars and the child’s family told News 4, that’s where he should stay.
Jay-J is now five years old and he’s starting to talk, learning how to spell and even knows his way around an IPhone. He’s also going to school five days a week. It’s progress his family never thought he’d make.
“We take the successes because his first year we were told he wasn’t going to be anything more than a vegetable in a wheelchair, if he progressed that much, and obviously we didn’t accept that,” said Kevin Retzer, Jay-J’s uncle. “He’s an inspiration for us.”
Jay-J’s father, Jeremy Bolvin, beat him so badly as an infant that 11 of his bones were broken and he developed a severe seizure disorder. Jay-J’s seizures are now controlled with diet and medication.
“He’s never going to be 100 percent and we accept that,” said Retzer. “He’s probably neurologically half of where he should be.”
Bolvin got out of prison early after serving 2 and a half years of his 4 year sentence.
“It terrifies us that we’re going to hear of another story where he does hurt another child,” said Retzer.
Bolvin violated his parole on Tuesday. Department of Corrections officers said he had a weapon, wasn’t going to certain programs and lied to a parole officer. Bolvin has stayed away from the family but Retzer said he’s popped up on web sites, which is another parole violation.
They plan to go to his parole hearing to try and get him locked up.
Jay-J’s law was passed two years ago to allow tougher penalties against convicted child abusers. The family has also been pushing for Brittany’s Law, which would create a public database listing domestic violence offenders.
“Our fight is not just for him, it’s for all of the other kids around New York State and around the country,” said Retzer. “All of these laws need to be strengthened.”