LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – NewsChannel 9 is learning more about the red flags raised in the years before the disturbing and tragic death of a 17-year-old Oswego County boy with cerebral palsy.
On Monday, Oswego County Sheriff Don Hilton confirmed to NewsChannel 9 the Liverpool Central School District filed five complaints with the Onondaga County Department of Social Services in the years before Jordan’s death.
Those complaints were filed at the same time Jordan, his mother Lisa Waldron and stepfather Anthony Waldron were living in the town of Salina from 2012 to 2017.
Liverpool Schools Superintendent Mark Potter confirmed Jordan was a student at Chestnut Hill Elementary School from first to sixth grade.
Jordan only spent one year at Chestnut Middle School for seventh grade before he left the Liverpool school district in August 2018 and moved to the town of Palermo, according to Superintendent Potter.
Law enforcement sources tell NewsChannel 9 the Onondaga County District Attorney’s office is now reviewing records related to the case.
Last week, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office ruled Jordan’s death a homicide. The investigation revealed Jordan died from malnutrition and infection. A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office tells us Jordan was only 55 pounds when he was found dead.
Nearly 10 months after his death, Jordan’s mother and stepfather are facing charges including criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter, and endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person.
The Oswego County Sheriff’s Office confirms both Lisa and Anthony Waldron has posted bail and were released.
In the days and weeks after Jordan’s death last year, witness statements were sent to Oswego County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Obrist, who is leading this investigation.
NewsChannel 9 obtained those statements on Friday. Many of those witnesses worked with Jordan one-on-one in the Mexico Central School District, and detailed Jordan’s rapid deterioration before his death.
According to the those witness statements, multiple complaints were filed with the Oswego County Department of Social Services, beginning in 2019. The individuals interviewed by police say those complaints were often dismissed.
On Monday, Oswego County Administrator, Philip Church, issued a statement in response to Jordan’s death. Read his full statement below:
Oswego County is reviewing the internal actions DSS took after the fatality. We are further reviewing the actions of CPS and those of other non-county service provider agencies leading up to this tragedy.
Oswego County is committed to transparency and will be as open and forthcoming with information as is allowable. Although members of the media received law enforcement’s court filings last week, the DSS Commissioner was not provided with those documents until just this morning. Once DSS has had a chance to examine the documents and compare them to their own records, we will be able to comment further.
This tragedy occurred during the pandemic, a period when CPS staff successfully conducted over 5,500 investigations, in-person, at risk to themselves. This dedication continues today which makes Jordan’s death a heartbreak felt deeply by all in DSS, as well as the greater Oswego County Community.Oswego County Administrator Philip Church: Statement
Both Lisa and Anthony Waldron are scheduled to appear back in the town of Palermo court on April 4 at 5:00 p.m.