Single father, praised in newspaper for devotion to his special needs son, does the unthinkable, court documents show

In 2019, the accused was featured in a New York Times article highlighting him as a devoted father to his special needs child. 

Photo via Horton's Heroes

NEW YORK CITY – A Bronx man who was once praised in his community for his devotion to his special needs son has been indicted for stabbing the six-year-old boy and for assaulting a 16-year-old girl, and for keeping them hostage in his apartment.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said, “The defendant allegedly punched a teen girl and stabbed his own defenseless son, who is quadriplegic. The defendant also allegedly refused to let the victim and child leave his apartment when police arrived. Thankfully the boy survived but required surgery and is still hospitalized.”

According to the investigation, at about 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021, Tyree Scott, 29, of 944 Rogers Place, was allegedly smoking marijuana and drinking with a 16-year-old girl in his apartment and refused to let her leave for the night. The next day, when the victim woke up, the defendant again refused to let her leave. Scott allegedly punched the teen multiple times in the head and the victim called 911. When police officers arrived, Scott allegedly refused to let them in and barricaded himself with the teen and his son. The defendant then allegedly stabbed his son multiple times with a screwdriver, piercing his heart. Cops were able to break into the apartment and placed him under arrest.

The child was taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition. He underwent surgery to repair the penetration of his heart and also received infusions.

In 2019, Scott was featured in a New York Times article highlighting him as a devoted father to his special needs child. The father and son were also featured in another heartfelt story from Horton’s Heroes.

Tyree Scott and his 6-year-old son Zahir (Photo: GoFundMe via NY Post)


Scott was arraigned today on Attempted Murder in the second degree, first-degree Assault, three counts of second-degree Assault, fourth-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon, second-degree Unlawful Imprisonment, third-degree Assault and two-counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Efrain Alvarado. Bail was set at $500,000 cash/bond and the defendant is due back in court on May 17, 2021.

No further details were available.

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