Grandmother Of 4-Year-Old Beaten To Death Called CYS

UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — The grandmother of a 4-year-old boy who died after being badly beaten says she tried to tell authorities about the abuse.

Sharon Smitley says her grandson was terrified of his mother’s boyfriend.

She said he would lock himself in the bedroom and hide under the bed when his mother and her boyfriend would come to pick him up.

“And I want every single mother out there to know, ‘Don’t trust nobody,’” Smitley told KDKA-TV.

She’s keeping a photo of her grandson, Trenton St. Clair, close to her heart, still trying to understand his death.

He died Tuesday at Ruby Memorial Medical Center with extensive and severe bruising all over his body. His mother’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Patrick Haney, of Point Marion, is charged with criminal homicide.

Trent’s mother, 27-year-old Heather Forsythe, faces a charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

Smitley, whose son is the child’s biological father, hadn’t seen Trenton in months but previously called CYS when he showed up at her house with an injury.

“He had a black eye due to a so-called bike accident – 2-foot of snow,” Smitley said.

She said her grandson wanted to be a pilot and bought toy airplanes to put in his casket. Now, she’s leaning on friends for support.

“That baby was loveable,” Diane Leppard, a family friend, said. “I don’t know why anybody could hurt him.”

Smitley said the family is taking comfort in knowing Trent is in a place where he can no longer be hurt.

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  • Moonie's Mom

    I’m absolutely SICK of CYF and the police not taking abuse allegations seriously and innocent children ending up dead or seriously injured because of it. Trent should be at home in his grandmother’s arms, and I bet he would be if the authorities had done something when they were contacted.

    When are we parents – and society as a whole – going to start to fighting a system that gives more consideration to the abusers than the innocent children?

    Kids in this country have no rights. Their voices are not heard, and more innocent kids are dying every day. And, this is coming from a mother whose daughter – who is not yet verbal – is showing very serious signs of abuse and NO one will do a damn thing about it because she can’t talk.

    Enough of this disgusting system.

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Trent.

  • Ginger Snaps

    absolutely ridiculous headline “Grandmother Of 4-Year-Old Beaten To Death Called CYS.” I thought the greandmother was beaten to death. WPXI would never deliver such a misleading headline.

    • Dan

      That’s how I interpreted the headline as well. It’s your typical KDKA sensationalizing,

  • missy

    and the same system puts adoptive parents through Hell just to be able to love and care for a child. Sadly, the system tries to keep the children with their natural parents, then they put the children through the foster care system, then by the tim ethey reach age 8- expect them to be adopted. by that time these children have been abused and very rarely truly loved and cared for. It is sick!

  • Rick

    I think she should be able to sue CYS.

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