Police charge Brock M. Hyde of Nunda with reckless assault of child
NUNDA — In what authorities are calling a a “horrific case of child abuse,” a Livingston County grand jury has levied a pair of felony indictments against a New York parolee.
Based on an investigation involving the Nunda Police Department, New York State Police, and several other law enforcement and social services agencies, 35-year-old Brock M. Hyde of Nunda was arrested for second-degree assault and reckless assault of a child.
Authorities said the case involves Hyde’s 2-month-old infant son who sustained a fractured skull, 11 fractured ribs in various stages of healing, dual eye retinal hemorrhages, fluid and swelling on the brain and a broken bone in the foot.
The grand jury’s work was reported in a sealed indictment last week for both class D felonies. Hyde, who has been on parole since August 2014, is currently being held in the Livingston County jail. He was scheduled to be arraigned in county court this morning.
Conviction on a class D felony is punishable by up to 7 years in state prison.
In a press release on Monday, Nunda Police Chief Jeffrey Wilcox called the child’s assault a “horrific case of child abuse,” adding that the baby continues to recover and has been released to foster care.
Authorities did not specify when the baby was injured, and Wilcox did not return a phone call from The Evening Tribune on Monday seeking additional information. A published report indicated the injuries may have occurred last December.
According to Nunda police, the other agencies involved in the investigation were the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office, U.R. Medicine, the Bivona Child Advocacy Center, Livingston County Child Protective Services, and the Livingston County Crime Victim’s coordinator.
Six years ago, while already on parole for robbery and assault, Hyde was arrested following a high-speed motor vehicle pursuit in Livingston County.
The pursuit was initiated by a Dansville police officer for an alleged vehicle and traffic law violation in the village of Dansville. According to press reports, Hyde failed to comply with the officer’s lights and siren ordering him to pull over. Authorities said Hyde then led the officer out of the village on state Route 36 toward Mt. Morris at speeds over 100 mph.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the pursuit and a deputy deployed stop sticks, ultimately ending the vehicle pursuit in the village.
Hyde reportedly took to foot and led authorities on a short foot chase which ended with Hyde in custody. Hyde’s vehicle was allegedly found to be displaying two stolen New York State license plates, as well as a third stolen plate inside the vehicle.
Hyde was taken to Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville for a blood draw to test for alcohol and drug use as well as a medical evaluation. He was later charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony; resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor; and numerous vehicle and traffic law violations including unlawfully fleeing a police officer.