Portsmouth man arrested for death of two-year-old

Posted at 6:50 PM, Nov 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 23:22:15-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department's Special Victims Unit arrested and charged a man Wednesday in connection to the death of a two-year-old boy.

Bodacious A. Crocker

Bodacious A. Crocker, 26, was charged with second-degree murder.

On October 26 at 2:05 p.m., dispatchers received a call asking for medical assistance to the 1600 block of Cavalier Boulevard for a toddler in medical distress. Paramedics arrived to the scene and took the child to the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters for treatment. When the toddler arrived at the hospital, doctors determined that he was suffering from trauma to the head.

Detectives investigated the incident as a child abuse/neglect case involving serious injury. They were told two days later, on October 28, that the boy died as a result of his injuries. Detectives then began investigating the case as a homicide.

News 3's Margaret Kavanagh went to the home where police were called, and the residents of the home said Crocker was their nephew and that he had been arrested. The woman who lived at the home said he had been "set up by a female" before saying she had no further comment.

"All I know is a girl he was messing around with claimed he had done something to the baby," said a man who wanted to remain anonymous.

Crocker is currently being held at the Portsmouth City Jail.

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