LOS ANGELES – A man was in custody Tuesday in the death of his 5- year-old son, police said.
Darwin Reyes, 32, was arrested after the boy was found unconscious in a bathtub by officers sent to the 4000 block of Marathon Street at about 2:20 p.m. Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
“Upon the officers’ arrival, they observed vomit and blood in the bedroom and in the bathroom of the residence,” police said. “Upon entering the bathroom, officers saw the victim in the bathtub unconscious and not breathing. Officers attempted to render aid to the victim and requested paramedics.”
Paramedics took the boy to a hospital, where he died. His name was withheld, pending notification of his next of kin.
Detectives from the LAPD’s Juvenile Division-Abused Child Section arrested Reyes, and he was booked at the Metropolitan Jail Division on suspicion of “willful cruelty to a child,” police said. His bail was set at $1 million.
Authorities plan to present the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday for criminal filing consideration.
Anyone with information about the death was urged to call the Abused Child Section at 213-486-0577, or 877-LAPD-247. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS, or use the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.