A Deerfield man is facing a more serious charge
now after he allegedly choked his 6-year-old son while washing his hair over the weekend, according to Oneida County sheriff’s officials.
Jeffrey Farber, who served more than two years in prison for welfare fraud and stealing more than $600,000 from his wife’s grandmother
, is now facing a felony charge of second-degree assault, Undersheriff M. Peter Paravati said Wednesday.
Paravati said investigators upgraded the charge against Farber after additional facts were revealed.
Farber was washing his young son’s hair when the child started to complain, Paravati said. Farber then allegedly began choking his son and slammed him against the kitchen counter inside a Walker Road residence.
“There were marks and there was evidence of injury,” to the boy’s body, Paravati said.
However, an aunt was the boy’s guardian at the time and she decided not to take the child to the hospital for any treatment, Paravati said.
Farber and his wife, Sharma Farber, were sentenced to prison in 2005 after they both pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Oneida County Court for their roles in siphoning thousands of dollars from the bank account of Sharma Farber’s grandmother, 78-year-old Shirley Cyr, between 2003 and 2004.
Jeffrey Farber also pleaded guilty to welfare fraud at the time.
Jeffrey Farber was sentenced to 3 to 9 years in prison, and he was released on parole in 2008.