Death of 1-year-old Virginia boy being investigated as a homicide

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Detectives are investigating the death of a 1-year-old Portsmouth boy as a homicide, police confirmed Wednesday.

Officers responded to a call Dec. 26 with reports of an unresponsive 1-year-old in the 5100 block of George Washington Highway, according to a police spokeswoman. The mother of the child had called dispatchers, police say. When units arrived, they found the child unresponsive, and transported him from a unit at Independence Square Apartments  to Maryview Medical Center where the child was pronounced dead.

Neighbors at Independence Square apartments say they’re saddened but admit it’s not shocking another crime occurred near their home.

“It’s not alarming for the activity and the crime that goes on out here,” said Eretta Cox.”With it being right here at the holidays, just knowing that this is supposed to be a time where we are supposed to be happy, loving, and then to hear that someone had that much of time for a 1-year-old to allow that to happen is really sad.”

Detectives contacted Child Protective Services, who found no records of any previous investigations regarding the child and his parents. On Dec. 29, Detectives were informed by the Norfolk Office of the Chief Medical Examiner that the child’s death was a homicide.

No arrests have been made in this case. This is the 27th homicide reported in 2015, according to a police department spokeswoman.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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