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Two plead not guilty to charges after death of 5-year-old in Glens Falls

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A Glens Falls man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend's son. His girlfriend is also facing charges in connection to the boy's death. Our Solomon Syed was in county court for the arraignments and has more.

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- A memorial of stuffed animals remain in front of this Glens Falls home where authorities believe a five-year-old boy was killed by his mother's boyfriend.

Jennie Mattison, 23, pleaded not guilty in Warren County Court to three felony charges. Her boyfriend, Brandon Warrington, 24, seen here during his police interview obtained by YNN, also pleaded not guilty to second degree murder and manslaughter charges. But listen to what he told investigators.

"And I go 'get in your room!' (smacks can on the ground), or more like... (Smacks chair)," Warrington said.

That apparently was enough for a grand jury to upgrade the charges. The two were previously being held for reckless endangerment and assault after the five-year-old died Friday from what authorities believe was a severe blow to the head.

Warren County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Donlon said, "There are actually three injuries, two are older, one is fresh, the result of these injuries is a subdural hematoma, which he did not survive from."

The evidence suggests the five-year-old suffered repeated abuse. Although not included in the charges, investigators fear some of it may have been sexual.

Mattison, who has another infant currently in child protective custody, is charged with reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and hindering prosecution. That last charge stems from alleged misleading statements made to police about her child's fatal injuries.

Mattison said, "I heard a bang like he had hit the wall. I don't know if he could have been jumping around or running around his room."

But in a handwritten letter to Warrington after they were arrested, Mattison acknowledged: "This is why I told you that you cannot correct him like teenager [sic] or adult... I wish you told me you pushed him."

She later admits her boyfriend may be to blame.

Mattison said, "When Brandon said that he hit his head on the wall, I thought that I could believe him and that's what happened."

Mattison is being held on $50,000 cash bail, $200,000 bond.

Warrington was remanded without bail and he's due back in court December 4th.

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