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Mother's boyfriend arrested in death of 2-year-old Long Beach boy

March 22, 2010 |  8:53 pm

A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of killing a 2-year-old Long Beach boy, police said.

Hector Ernest Jr. of Hawthorne is accused of slaying Deandre Fitzgerald Green, who was pronounced dead Saturday at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, police said.Blobfetch.asp

Hospital officials called police after the boy was taken to the facility by his mother and Ernest, her boyfriend. Hospital staff tried unsuccessfully to revive Deandre, whose body showed signs of physical abuse, the Long Beach Police Department said.

Detectives believe that neighbors in the 3100 block of Springfield Drive may have heard Deandre crying or being abused, according to the Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Mark McGuire or Det. Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Learn about the homicides of other young children on The Times' interactive Homicide Report.


Photo: Hector Ernest Jr. Credit: Long Beach Police Department