GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - Gary Waite, of Glens Falls, pleaded not guilty to charges he caused the death of his 15-month-old son in Warren County Court on Wednesday afternoon.
Waite faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter after he allegedly caused the injuries which resulted in the death of his son, Jesse Smith, last month.
In a statement to police, Waite admitted 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.
Jesse died after suffering from severe head injuries which required surgery at Albany Medical Center.
Waite, who has a criminal history for alleged assault and sex abuse, shared custody arrangement with Jesse's mother.
If convicted, Waite could face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life behind bars.