Posted March 23, 2010, 9:18 a.m.
Deandre Green, a 2-year-old black boy, died Saturday, March 20, in the 3100 block of Springdale Drive in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Hector Ernest Jr., a 26-year-old black man from Hawthorne, is accused of slaying Deandre, who was pronounced dead Saturday at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, police said.
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 neighbors may have heard Deandre crying or being abused, according to Long Beach police.
Members of Deandre's family said they had warned police and Los Angeles County child welfare officials at least twice about possible abuse in the last few months of the child's life.
Deandre's father told The Times in an ...
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