Authorities received reports about 2-year-old Long Beach boy before his death, investigators say
The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and the Hawthorne Police Department received at least two reports concerning a 2-year-old Long Beach boy before the child was killed, investigators said Tuesday.
At least one of the reports came from the boy’s relatives, said Officer Jackie Bezart of the Long Beach Police Department, which is investigating the death. She could not provide details.
Deandre Fitzgerald Green was pronounced dead Saturday at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. His mother’s boyfriend, Hector Ernest Jr., 26, of Hawthorne was arrested on suspicion of killing the boy, police said.
Hospital officials called police after the boy was taken there by Ernest and his mother. Hospital staff tried unsuccessfully to revive Deandre, whose body showed signs of physical abuse, police said.
Detectives believe neighbors in the 3100 block of Springdale Drive may have heard Deandre crying or being abused.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Mark McGuire or Det. Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244.
-- Tony Barboza in Long Beach
Photo: Family photo
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