JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Zander Saucier, the 3-year-old Gulfport boy allegedly abused by his father, continues to show signs of improvement. In a Facebook post Thursday morning, one family member who had just spoken with his mother wrote, "Zander tried stealing the gum out of her mouth. LOL. Little man is slowly but surely getting back to his old self."
Zander remains at USA Children's and Women's Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. His uncle tells WLOX News Now little "Zan Man," as he calls him, is supposed to be taken off a ventilator Thursday. He also says doctors want to take Zander off his sedation medication, so the little boy should become more alert.
The family has posted multiple pictures and videos of Zander the past few days, showing his progress. In one video, Zander's mother is talking to him, encouraging him to open his eyes. You can see him struggle to open his eyes before lifting his little hand, trying to wave.
Zander's family is overwhelmed by the amount of support they've received from people across the region. In response, they've created a "Team Zander" Facebook page to keep everyone updated. His family says they truly believe in the power of prayer and ask for more prayers as Zander continues to recover.
Zander's father, 24 year old Nathan Blake McCrory remains in the Jackson County Adult Detention Center without bond. He is charged with felony child abuse and faces anywhere from five years to life in prison. According to a court affidavit, three year old Zander Saucier was hit in the face, head, and body. He also suffered burns, a collapsed lung, and a damaged liver.