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Neighbors mourn infant's brutal death
Rochester, N.Y. - Accused of killing his infant son, Maurice Chris Faison plead not guilty to second degree murder in city court Saturday. His son, 9-month-old Tristen Faison died shortly after he was found unresponsive at his parents home on Hartsen Street in early September.
Weve maybe heard Tristen cry five times, said neighbor, Rachel Albright, he was a happy, bubble baby he never made a fuss.
According to police, Tristens mother, Samantha Stavalone, came home from work to find her baby unresponsive in his crib.
Albright said she knew something terrible must have happened in the downstairs apartment. I heard Sam screaming hysterically and I immediately called 911.
Neighbors said 23-year-old Faison stayed home with the baby while Stavalone worked during the day.
There was no noise down there at all until I heard Sam screaming, Albright said, she said no Chris stop, but Chris wasnt home. Tristen was injured and left alone in the house on Hartsen Street.
Albright stood outside with Stavalone and waited until the ambulance arrived. Sam was out here screaming, the responders were out here trying to revive him in the driveway, said Albright.
The 9-month-old died at Strong Hospital about an hour later.
I cried my eyes out, Albright said, It was the saddest thing.
No one can understand why someone would try to hurt Tristen.
It was blunt force trauma, Albright said, that takes some action; it's not just that the baby stops breathing.
According to neighbors, Faison has a history of violence. Albright said Faison abused Stavalone and she kicked him out of the house in June but about a week later, Alrbight said, Faison moved back in with his girlfriend and infant son.
It's heart breaking, it's absolutely heart breaking said Albright, he was such a happy boy.