Portsmouth police investigating infant boy’s death as a homicide

Posted at 11:23 AM, Dec 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 13:34:32-05

Portsmouth, Va. - Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are investigating the death of a one-year-old boy on Saturday as a homicide.

The mother of baby called 911 Saturday evening at 7:59 p.m., requesting medical assistance for a one-year-old boy who was not breathing in the 5100 block of George Washington Highway at Independence Square Apartments.

Officers and medics responded and found the infant unresponsive. Medics immediately began treatment, then transported the infant to Maryview Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives responded to the scene to investigate this case and notified Child Protective Services of the incident. Child Protective Services had no records of any previous or current investigations involving the child or the parents in this case.

On December 29th, detectives received a report from the Medical Examiner’s Office that concluded that the child’s death was the result of a homicide.

The Medical Examiner says the cause of death was abusive head trauma.

At this time, no arrests have been made and detectives are continuing their investigation.

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