A man and woman were arrested Tuesday night after detectives found 56 bruises and bites on their dead 8-year-old son Tuesday afternoon, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said in a news release.
The child’s death is still under investigation and detectives are awaiting the autopsy findings.
Michael Robertson, 46, of 11480 Glenda Drive, and Lavaughn Riley, 32, of 8711 Coy Ave., were booked with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile following the death of their 8-year-old son Xzayvion Riley.
Deputies responded to the Coy Avenue apartment Tuesday afternoon in reference to the unresponsive 8-year-old boy, Hicks said.
The boy was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, Hicks said.
The medical staff documented 56 various bruises, cuts and abrasions on the child, including an adult-size bight mark on his stomach.
During questioning, Riley admitted causing bruises on the child during a beating. She also said the victim’s father, Robertson, caused bruises and scratches on the victim’s neck.
The victim’s sibling also told detectives that Robertson beat the child with his closed fist from noon Monday until Monday evening.
The sibling also said they saw Robertson bite the child on a regular basis as a form of discipline, Hicks said.
Robertson denied any involvement in his son’s injuries.
This investigation is ongoing.
The exact cause of death will be determined after the autopsy is performed at a later date.
More charges could be pending, Hicks said.