Bloomfield man charged in grandfather’s death
BLOOMFIELD, CT (WFSB) - A Bloomfield man is charged with beating his grandfather.
Kevin Carter was charged with assault first-degree on Monday.
Police said Thomas Savage was found severely beaten in his home. He died Sunday.
Carter’s arraignment Monday at Hartford Superior Court was quick. He was arrested over the weekend, said police.
At this point he is not charged with murder, but the investigation isn’t over, and there could be more charges.
Carter, 32, has been living with his grandfather all his life.
It came out in court that Carter has assaulted his grandfather before and that he has been arrested numerous times for domestic violence and other assaults.
Carter’s brother and mother attended court to see him. Both said they’re devastated by what happened.
“We have just been praying that it would come, we just kept believing he was going to get better, we thought it was going to take a lot of time. That he would get better but that didn’t happen,” said Tanya Mae Davis, Carter’s mother.
Savage was 77 years old. He died in the hospital, authorities said.
Friday night the grandmother was at church and Carter’s uncle was staying over when he heard loud banging upstairs.
“Boom boom boom ---so he didn’t know what it was so he just laid there and then he heard it again. Boom boom boom and the next time he said let me get up and see what that is,” said Davis.
He found the grandfather Thomas Savage beaten severely and was laying in a pool of blood.
Carter has been arrested at least six times, including for domestic violence, elderly assault, violating a restraining order, as well as risk of injury.
His family says he has served time in prison but there are no convictions on his record, the family says the charges were dismissed after he was released.
Carter’s brother says his grandfather gave to everyone.
“A lot of the family depended on him a lot. He was definitely that one important family member people called and he would be there for you.”
We asked Carter’s mother why her son would do this.
“Why he would do that, because he just has a problem,” said Davis.
The judge ordered a mental health evaluation.
The family told Eyewitness News Carter has hit his grandfather in the past.
The judge agreed with prosecutors that given Carter’s previous arrests for domestic violence, he poses a threat to others.
Carter’s bond was set at $1 million.
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