DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - "He was a blessing to everybody, a blessing to all of us," says Justin Hasty.
He still can't believe his son Takota is gone.
"He was a good kid, he never cried. He was one of the best babies I've ever had and I'll never forget him," explains Justin.
The 19-month-old died in April after he was brought into Dayton Children's Hospital in cardiac arrest. Prosecutors say the toddler was abused, cut, beaten and burned.
Justin says it's been really hard on him but his other son, 4-year-old Trayton, Takota's brother, has helped him get through it.
Friday, Takota's mother, 25-year-old Crystal Laurel and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Dustin Rybak were indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering children and tampering with evidence.
Rybak is also charged with murder, Laurel with permitting child abuse.
Prosecutors say the couple tried to cover up toddler's injuries with makeup before taking him to the hospital.
Both are behind bars on one million dollars bond.
Justin says he's thankful.
"It was really, really good news. I know nothing will ever bring back my son. You know, I only got pictures to look at," says Justin.
He hopes both Laurel and Rybak spend the rest of their lives behind bars.
"He was defenseless and they hurt a defenseless person. They took a life, a little child's life, my baby's life," comments Justin.
Laurel and Ryback are scheduled to be in court on September 5th for an arraignment.
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