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Police continue to search for 'stepfather' in death of 6-year-old boy

July 25, 2009 | 11:43 am

Police investigators continued their search today for Marcas Fisher, described by authorities as the stepfather of a 6-year-old boy whose battered body was found in a South Los Angeles home.

Meanwhile, an autopsy on Dae’von Bailey, whose body was found on the floor Thursday by relatives, could be performed as early as Sunday morning, a coroner official said.

Lt. Vincent Neglia of the LAPD’s Abused Child Unit told The Times that the boy had numerous injuries in various states of healing, indicating that he was hurt over an extended period of time. Dae’von was the subject of about a dozen calls to L.A. County’s child abuse hotline alleging abuse or neglect.

On Friday, county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called on the Board of Supervisors to appoint an independent investigator to review Dae’von’s case. The director of the county Department of Children and Family Services said she has launched an internal investigation.

Dae’von and his 5-year-old sister -- who was taken into protective custody -- were staying with Fisher, 36. Their mother, Tylette Davis, said she let her ex-boyfriend care for the children while she took care of some “issues.” Davis indicated Friday at least four of her five other children have been taken into protective custody. It was unclear whether a 14-year-old daughter staying with a cousin in Compton was also taken into protective custody.

Davis, 28, said Fisher, from whom she separated some time back, is the father of her 5-year-old daughter. She said he is not Dae’von’s father. She said she was not aware of any abuse of the boy by Fisher, though she added that one of her other sons, now 9 years old, was “whipped” badly by Fisher about three years ago.

“I was going through some things and I thought it was the best thing to do, but apparently not,” Davis said of letting the boy and his sister stay with Fisher. “I just want him to turn himself in. He took a big part of my life.”

-- Hector Becerra