Mom's boyfriend arrested in death of Phila. toddler

January 17, 2011 9:17:39 AM PST
Police investigating the death of a 3-year-old in Philadelphia say they have arrested the boyfriend of the child's mother.

Authorities tell Action News they have arrested 27-year-old Joseph Zysk in the crime.

Police believe the child, Jason Larkin , was crying and Zysk beat the boy to death.

Zysk is charged with murder, manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

Medics were called out to the 4200 block of Houghton Street in the Roxborough section at around 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

Police say once inside, they found Larkin's body.

The toddler was taken by ambulance to Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Officials say Larkin died from blunt force trauma to the body, adding that the child even had a lacerated liver.