Posted at: 11/20/2012 6:19 PM
Updated at: 11/20/2012 6:27 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
QUEENSBURY -Brandon Warrington walked into court Tuesday morning to learn that he's been charged with murder.
The 24-year-old Glens Falls man is accused of lashing out at his girlfriend's five-year-old son, Gary Carpenter the Third.
Police say he knocked the child to the floor twice, causing a deadly brain injury.
NewsChannel 13 obtained a copy of the videotaped police interview of Warrington conducted shortly after the critically-injured child was flown to Albany Medical Center.
"He slapped me in my face because the movie on my phone hadn't loaded and I told him it was time to go to bed," Warrington told investigators as he pulled his hair back to show them where he claimed the child had hit him. "I don't know if you can see it. There's a red mark here this morning."
Warrington tells investigators that he only spanked the child. At one point, he offers to take a lie-detector test.
"Do I have to take a polygraph test to tell you I didn't beat this kid, because I'm willing to."
At several points during the four-plus hour interview, Warrington begins crying and saying that "he'd never hurt this kid in his entire life. I don't care what his last name is, he's my son. I love him to death."
But near the end of the interview Warrington tells police how he pushed the child, claiming that the boy overreacted when he fell to the ground.
"I said Gary you go to your bed. I gotta go. That's what it was," Warrington said as he gestured to police with his hand as if to indicate a light push.
Warrington was also charged with manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.
Warren County Judge John Hall entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
His girlfriend, Jennie Mattison, the boy's mother, was arraigned Tuesday morning on charges of reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and hindering prosecution. She's accused of failing to get immediate medical care for her son, acting with a depraved indifference toward human life.
"As a mother, to suggest depraved indifference is absurd," said Tucker Stanclift, Mattison's court-appointed attorney.
Mattison is being held on fifty thousand dollars cash bail or $200-thousand bond. Warrington is being held without bail.
Prosecutors say the child had multiple injuries at different stages of healing, indicating a prolonged pattern of abuse.
District Attorney Kate Hogan called the case an "outrage" Tuesday and promised to hold both Warrington and Mattison accountable.
If the case goes to trial, they'd be tried together.
The couple's infant child is in the custody of Child Protective Services.