Police are investigating the suspicious death of a Baton Rouge toddler who was found unresponsive early Sunday at his home on Erie Street.
A friend of the boy’s mother called 911 at 6 a.m. and said the almost 2-year-old boy was unresponsive and that he had been breathing irregularly since he had been spanked earlier that evening and the previous night, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.
Police arrived at 2627 Erie St. after being told by paramedics with the East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services that they could not revive the toddler, McKneely said.
The boy’s body was taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office where an autopsy will be conducted.
Three other children at the Erie home were put under the care of Child Protective Services, McKneely said.
Two of those children, 1-year-old twin girls, were found with diaper rash so bad they were bleeding, McKneely said. A 2-year-old boy seemed to be in good condition.
In addition to the children, police also found several stolen television and more than $16,000 in cash stashed throughout the house, McKneely said.
None of the four adults in the house, including the mother of the deceased boy, could explain how the televisions got there, McKneely said.
All of the adults, except the mother, were arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of illegal passion of stolen things.
The names of those adults are Brandon Tate, 30; Randy Parker, 23; and Kierra Golman, 21, McKneely said. All three live at 2627 Erie.
One of the men arrested admitted to hitting the deceased child on his legs because the child did not want his hair cut, McKneely said.
The man, who is not the child’s father and who police are not yet identifying, said the boy was sent to bed in good condition, McKneely said.
The child’s mother told police her son was breathing funny after the spanking and that she found him unresponsive at 3 a.m. One of the men at the house called 911 three hours later.