Prosecutors say Parker hid abuse
The couple is charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of Elijah Kelly. Each maintains the other was responsible for prolonged abuse that led to the child's death.
In documents filed Friday in Superior Court, prosecutors contend Parker tried to cover marks on the walls caused by belts or electrical cords used to hit Elijah, the son of his girlfriend, 19-year-old Tauleah Kelly.
The court papers also quote Parker as telling investigators he would discipline the child by making him "stand shivering in front of a fan."
Parker's lawyer, Gerald Saluti, did not return a message left at his office Saturday.
Kelly, according to the court papers, once came home to find the boy in a freezer, covered with water while being punished by Parker. Investigators found a child-sized handprint inside the freezer, according to the documents.
Kelly, the papers said, told another patient at a hospital where Elijah was taken several weeks before his death that Parker had "socked" the child in the head.
She also told the patient Parker had abused her by punching her, burning her in the face with a cigar and trying to smother her with a pillow.
Parker and Kelly were charged shortly after the May 14 death of Elijah at the Haledon condominium the couple shared.
The boy died two days after Parker found him motionless on the bedroom floor. An autopsy revealed Elijah died from blunt force injuries to the head sustained over time.
Parker, a defensive end, appeared in four games for the Giants last season. He was waived June 1 because of his personal problems.