Critically injured toddler showing signs of improvement

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB)- 22-month-old Devyn Grabowski was in the care of his aunt’s boyfriend when he suffered critical injuries in early October.

The incident occurred in the Town of Tonawanda. Police told News 4 they responded to a call for a child who fell down the stairs. They’re currently investigating the matter.

The child’s father, Jeffrey Grabowski, doesn’t believe his son’s injuries were caused by falling. The toddler suffered spinal fractures and brain damage.

“I think deep down inside that he was shaken. He did not fall down three stairs because [the] injuries that he has cannot be caused by falling out three stairs, and have as much brain damage as he has and the back injuries that he has,” Grabowski told News 4.

Devyn has been in critical condition at Women and Children’s Hospital for two weeks.

The family was preparing to let the child go when he wasn’t showing any signs of improvement.

“He’s made some major leaps and bounds. He’s being able to move like his hands and his feet and starting to do some breathing on his own which is amazing,” said the toddler’s great aunt, Sandra Tooke.

Town of Tonawanda Police could not comment further on the investigation. There have been no arrests made in connection with this case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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