NJ Mother, Boyfriend Arrested in Long Island Murder of 5-Year-Old Boy: Police

The child's mother and her boyfriend were arrested 12 months after his murder

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The killing of a 5-year-old boy in Brentwood has led to the arrests of his 26-year-old mother and her boyfriend, taken into custody after a grand jury indictment brought murder charges against the couple.

Police in Suffolk County arrested the couple, of Orange, New Jersey, on Thursday, one year and two weeks after the boy's death.

Authorities say King Owusu was found unresponsive on April 1, 2021, after a 911 call alerted emergency officials. He was rushed to a Bay Shore hospital where he died.

An autopsy revealed the 5-year-old "sustained blunt force trauma throughout his body," police said Friday.

Valerie Owusu, 26, and Emmanuel Addae, 27, were arraigned at Suffolk County Supreme Court in Riverhead on second degree murder charges. The pair were living in Queens at the time of the boy's death.

The Brentwood complex where the boy was found was the home of Addae's parents. Police wouldn't say if the abuse happened there.

A lawyer for Owusu said he client had no involvement in the death of her son.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty in court, and are being held without bail.

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