Baby Boy, 1, Found Dead Inside Bronx Apartment

The cause of death has not yet been identified

By Shimon Prokupecz, Jonathan Dienst, Melissa Russo and Ida Siegal
|  Thursday, Jan 26, 2012  |  Updated 10:07 AM EDT
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Police were questioning a man in the death of a baby boy inside a Bronx home Wednesday.

The 1-year-old boy, identified as Richard Flood, was found unconscious and unresponsive on the floor of an apartment living room at 667 E. 232nd St. at about 11:25 a.m., according to police.

Sources told NBC New York the boy had a cast on his leg and cigarette burns on his arms when he was found.

EMS transported the boy to Montefiore Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Neighbors were devastated to learn of the baby's death Wednesday evening. Laura Torres cried as she told NBC New York how the baby would wave to her when she saw him.

The boyfriend of the baby's mother was taken in for questioning. According to sources, the boyfriend, who is not being named, has a history of domestic violence against an unrelated woman who was the mother of his child.

Sources said orders of protection were filed against him by his child's mother.

Another neighbor, Betty Stewart, told NBC New York, "On Monday night, I heard a lot of commotion, and I thought why is a child up this time of night? All I could attest to was a lot of banging around and a child's voice, high-pitched."

"I'm very hurt," she said. "Very hurt because a child is a child, and they cannot defend themselves and that's why we're parents. We're supposed to protect our children."

It's not clear where the mother was when the baby was found.

The medical examiner is working to identify a cause of death in Flood's case, police said.

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