Mom, Boyfriend Arrested in Death of Brooklyn Boy, 4

Sunday, Oct 25, 2009  |  Updated 5:50 PM EDT
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Mom, Boyfriend Arrested in Death of Brooklyn Boy, 4

Jayden Lenescar in an undated family photograph.

A Brooklyn mother and her boyfriend have been charged with murder in the beating death the woman's 4-year-old boy.

The victim, Jayden Lenescar, was found unconscious in the living room of his mother’s apartment in Crown Heights Friday.

Officers responding to an emergency call from the boy's mother, Myrna Chenphang, 25,  took him to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A spokeswoman for the city's medical examiner says the cause of death was blunt impact injuries to the torso and extremities. His death was ruled a homicide.

After the autopsy results were released, Ms. Chenphang and her boyfriend Steven Dadaille, were each arrested and charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault, the police said.

Jayden's father tells the Daily News on Saturday that he hadn't seen his son in two weeks. Mackenzy Lenescar says he has no idea what happened to the boy and detectives said they don't think he was involved.

The city's Administration for Children's Services is also investigating.

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