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Death of 3-Year-Old East Harlem Boy Ruled a Homicide, NYPD Says

By Aidan Gardiner | January 27, 2017 10:11am

MANHATTAN — The death of a 3-year-old boy who was found covered in bruises at his family's East Harlem apartment over the summer has been ruled a homicide, NYPD officials said Friday.

Caleb Rivera wasn't breathing when his 27-year-old mother ran out of their Jefferson Houses apartment at 2215 First Ave., near East 114th Street, and into the courtyard to meet police about 6 p.m. on Aug. 3, officials said.

Caleb was taken to Metropolitan Hospital and then New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on Aug. 5, police said.

He died of multiple blunt impacts to his head and neck, according to Julie Bolcer, spokeswoman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

It wasn't immediately clear how Caleb sustained those injuries, police said.

There were no immediate arrests. Investigators were questioning Caleb's mother and her 23-year-old boyfriend, officials said.

Officials with the Administration for Children's Services said they were looking into the death. 

“The suffering and death of Caleb is tragic, and we will continue to work with the NYPD to investigate this disturbing matter,” an agency spokesman said in a statement.