SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Monday, loved ones will remember the lasting impact little Austin Smith had on their lives during a memorial service. Sixteen-year-old Dylan Schumaker is accused of murdering Smith, who would have turned two years old on Saturday. Authorities say crimes like this have to stop.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard said, "There is no excuse, there's no explanation for this we just can't let it happen."
Authorities say Smith was killed last Tuesday inside his Springville home. They say his mother went work and left him in the care of her boyfriend, Schumaker. Four hours later, he called 911.
Howard said, "The 16 year old, upon discovering it at about 8:20 that the child was not breathing, yelled for his mother. The 16 year old then in fact made a 911 call using his cell phone."
Schumaker, who is not the child's father, is charged as an adult with second-degree murder.
Howard said, "The child was crying, but in fact, there is no explanation for why anyone would strike a child like that. It can't be explained. It can't be mitigated. I can't suggest any reason that would justify it. But there was some indication that the child was crying just before that."
Schumaker's sister, Alex, this isn't something her brother would do. She says he went to Hopevale School and just finished six months of drug rehab. Alex said, "He went to school, he did really good in school. He was doing really good after he got out of rehab and then like he had two kids like dumped on him out of nowhere and he just snapped."
Sheriff Howard says if a caregiver finds themselves losing control, he suggests they call a family member, clergy or police. As for Austin Smith's family, they will remember the little one's life during a memorial service at the Smith Weismantel Funeral home in Springville.
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