WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A 5-year-old boy is recovering tonight after his father says the elevator at the apartment where his grandmother lives nearly took his finger off.
The father says the way he was treated by the Waterbury Housing Authority was unacceptable.
“He doesn’t even want to come back to the building and visit his grandmother cause he’s so terrified,” said Angel Gonzales of his son, Jaydin.
Gonzales took Jaydin to visit his grandmother at the Edward D. Bergin Memorial Buiding, which is part of the Waterbury Housing Authority. There was some trouble in the elevator.
“He must have rubbed his hand against the wall but on the elevator there’s a sharp edge (where) there’s supposed to be some rubber,” Gonzales said. “I believe the corner of his hand got caught with the metal edge. He might lose his finger now because of this.”
Gonzales says to make matters worse, now three days later, the mess at the apartment is still not cleaned up. On the first floor, in the elevator, and on the second floor as you step out.
“There’s blood on the floor, my son’s skin is still stuck to the elevator,” Gonzales said. “I would think somebody would’ve cleaned it.”
Gonzales says since this happened on a Saturday and the office was closed Monday, he showed up first thing this morning and had no luck.
“I wanted to talk to the high guy here, Vincent, and he wouldn’t see me or anything, so that’s when I contacted you guys to see if I could get some answers,” Gonzales told News 8.
We walked in with him a few hours later. The acting executive director, Vin Sica, wasn’t there, but we were told to come back in another hour.
When we did, he wouldn’t talk to Gonzalez, but he did speak to me off camera saying this was the first he’s heard of the incident. He says he didn’t receive any voice messages but Gonzalez says his wife did leave one.
Sica says the elevators are only about two years old and they’ve never had a problem with them, that they’re inspected annually, and serviced every six months.
Gonzalez says he’s not convinced and he wants them checked out.
“The safety of the old folks,” he said. “They can’t even carry their own body weight, so if they got hit with the door or the door shut on them … ”
Sica says the blood has now been cleaned up and they are looking into this issue, Gonzales says he doesn’t understand why no one will meet with him face to face and he’s considering taking out legal action.
We also asked Sica to put us in touch with his boss since he couldn’t go on camera. We have yet to get a call back.