Bronx Baby, 1, Died of Blunt Force Trauma: Medical Examiner

The baby also had rib fractures.

By Shimon Prokupecz, Jonathan Dienst, Melissa Russo and Ida Siegal
|  Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 1:41 PM EDT
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The medical examiner says a baby boy found unresponsive in his Bronx home Wednesday died of blunt force trauma to the torso, and the death has been ruled a homicide.

The 1-year-old boy, identified as Richard Flood, was found on the floor of an apartment living room at 667 E. 232nd St. in Wakefield 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.

The medical examiner said the child had rib fractures and injuries to his internal organs.

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.

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