Boy taken off life support, death ruled homicide

July 14, 2011 3:11:55 AM PDT
The death of a 3-year-old Philadelphia boy hospitalized nearly two weeks ago has been ruled a homicide.

Authorities say an autopsy performed on Jaquinn Brewton after he was taken off life-support on Tuesday showed he died of blunt force trauma to the head.

On June 29th, officers say they received a call from the boy's legal guardian. They responded around noon to an apartment building in the 4700 block of Chestnut Street where they found the boy unconscious.

The boy's caretaker had said the child fell down the stairs nearly two weeks ago in West Philadelphia.

Police say they did find blood on the steps of the fourth floor where the boy lived with his guardian. Police say she told them the boy had fallen and she couldn't get him to wake up.

Jaquinn's mother was living in a homeless shelter at the time of the incident with her four other children. Jaquinn was left with the family friend.

Since the accident, family members have claimed the boy was abused.

"You can't get brain dead from falling down the steps," Jaquinn's mother Ashley Brewton told Action News this past Sunday.

Police confirm the boy suffered several burns, but his guardian claims the injuries were accidental.

No arrests have been made.