Couple in buried boy case faces neglect charges for older son

FARMINGDALE - A hearing was held today against a mom and her ex-boyfriend five days after a baby's body was found in the backyard of their Farmingdale home. Heather Kowalczik and former boyfriend Robert Rodriguez faced neglect proceedings this morning involving their 6-year-old son, Alex. Kowalczik did not show up at the hearing, but Rodriguez appeared with an entourage of body guards.

Once the hearing was over, the bodyguards shoved a News 12 Long Island camera and broke a lens. Rodriguez's attorney says today's hearing was concerning allegations that the former couple was not providing medical care and guardianship for their autistic child, who requires a feeding tube. The case was adjourned until 2013.

Rodriguez and Kowalczik already lost custody of both of their children and were evicted from their Farmingdale home.

Kowalczik's infant son, Justin, was found in the backyard of her home in a shallow grave. Officials say the body was there for at least two years. A medical examiner is trying to determine the cause of death for the 17-month-old.

Officials say Rodriguez is considered a person of interest in the death case, but no charges have been filed.

Family of toddler found buried in backyard evicted from homeCops: Person of interest in infant death case moves out

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