Suffolk County Homicide detectives and US Marshals made an arrest Friday night in the death of Adonis Reed, a 4-year-old boy, who died after being found alone and unconscious in an Amityville home earlier this week.
Jonathan Thompson, 31, will be arraigned Saturday on a sole charge of second-degree murder, Suffolk County police said announcing his capture.
Detectives have been investigating the murder after the young boy was found by emergency workers alone and unconscious on a couch in a first floor apartment at 89 Ketcham Ave on Wednesday. Detectives said that they believed that it was someone in the home who called 911 to request an ambulance for a sick child just before 4 p.m., but when cops and EMTs arrived, no one answered the door.
Officers entered the two-story; yellow colored home and found Adonis unconscious. He was rushed by ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead just after 6 p.m. Wednesday night, Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commander of the Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad told reporters on the scene that the boy had visible signs of harm, calling him “a victim of violence.”
The Suffolk County Medical Examiner ruled the young boy’s death a homicide after conducting an autopsy on Thursday and officials from the Suffolk County Department of Social Services went before a judge to take custody of Adonis’ 6-year-old sister.
The children had not been living with their biological mother, Kiara Daniels, 21, but were been living with Adonis’ godmother, Lakisha Pitt, and her boyfriend, Thompson.
Thompson was apprehended by detectives late Friday night with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service. He was held overnight in police custody and is scheduled for arraignment on Saturday.