JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - As 3-year-old Zander Saucier fights for his life at USA Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile after allegedly being abused, the man officials say is responsible has been denied bond.
Zander's father, 24-year-old Nathan Blake McCrory, appeared before a judge at the Jackson County Courthouse on Wednesday for an initial appearance. The hearing lasted about five minutes.
McCrory was arrested Monday after his 3-year-old son Zander Saucier was admitted to Singing River Hospital for a reported fall. Hospital staff contacted the Jackson County Sheriff's Department after they determined Zander's injuries weren't consistent with a fall.
According to an affidavit, Zander was hit in the face, head and body. His injuries include burns, a bleed on the brain, a collapsed lung and liver perforation.
Facing five years to life in prison, McCrory is charged with intentionally and feloniously causing serious bodily harm to a child, and intentionally and feloniously burning a child.
McCrory's father and grandfather were at the Wednesday afternoon hearing, and say there's no way McCrory would cause any harm to his son.
"I don't think Blake did that," said Gary McCrory, Nathan's grandfather. "No, Blake ain't gone do nothing like that to a baby....he loves that little boy too much."
But at this point, family members say they'd like the opportunity to talk to Nathan.
"I wanna talk to Blake and see what happened," added Gary. "Just like he said, he said they little boy fell down the stairs and all."
As for Zander's status, recent posts on Facebook by the family say he is doing better. One post stated that he opened his eyes, and gave a high five on request.
Family says Zander is scheduled for an MRI, and doctors hope to take him off the ventilator in the coming days. The investigation is ongoing.