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Glens Falls father charges upgraded to murder

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15-month-old Jesse died on Wednesday night after being on life support from injuries suffered at the hands of his father 15-month-old Jesse died on Wednesday night after being on life support from injuries suffered at the hands of his father

GLENS FALLS, NY - The Glens Falls father accused of abusing his 15-month-old boy to death has been charged.

Gary Lee Waite, 28, was first charged with Assault. Waite is now facing charges of Murder in the 2nd degree, Manslaughter in the 2nd degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

On Monday Glens Falls police responded to Waite's home for the report of a medical emergency. The 15-month-old Jesse Smith was transported to Glens Falls Hospital and from there airlifted to Albany Medical Center, where he had surgery and was reported on life support.

On Wednesday Jesse Smith died after suffering from severe head injuries allegedly caused by Waite.

Waite admitted to police that he became frustrated with Jesse's crying after he had fallen, and when he wouldn't stop crying, Waite said he threw Jesse across the couch and the boy bounced off the couch striking the hardwood floor. Waite then told police Jesse fell into a metal chair when he was trying to get his sippy-cup.

Waite, who has a criminal history for alleged assault and sex abuse, shared custody arrangement with Jesse's mother.

Waite will be arraigned next week. Stay tuned with NEWS10 ABC for updates.

Family tells NEWS10 ABC that a wake for Jesse will be held Monday, February 20 at Gospel Lighthouse Church on 30 Lacrosse Street in Hudson Falls from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The funeral will take place at the same church on Tuesday, February 21 at 11:00 a.m.

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