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Death of 7-Month-Old Boy Ruled a Homicide by Medical Examiner

By Nicholas Rizzi | September 18, 2017 2:12pm

NEW YORK CITY — The Medical Examiner has ruled that the January death of a 7-month-old boy was a homicide caused by malnutrition and dehydration due to neglect, police announced Monday.

Dameen Mohammed, of New Springville, was taken to the emergency room at NYU Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park on Jan. 7 at about 6:43 a.m. by his 25-year-old mother where he was pronounced dead, the NYPD said.

Doctors suspected possible child neglect and called 911, police said.

This past Thursday, the Medical Examiner determined Dameen died of malnutrition and dehydration due to neglect, according to police.

His mother first drove him from her Elie Court home to his grandmother's house in Brooklyn the day before she went to the hospital and he had been dead for at least a day when he came into the emergency room, the New York Post reported.

There was no prior history of Administration for Children's Services visits to the home before the boy's death, police said, but the Staten Island Advance reported ACS officials removed a 2-year-old girl from the home days after the boy's death.

No arrests have been made and police said an investigation is ongoing.