Police said around 3:49 p.m. on Wednesday, an Amityville Police dispatcher received a 911 call indicating that an ambulance was needed for a small boy at 89 Ketcham Ave. When police and emergency crews arrived to the home, the caller had left and a 4 year-old boy lying unconscious on a living room couch was left alone.
First-responders attempted to resuscitate the boy and rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, but hospital staff later pronounced the boy dead.
Wednesday night, Suffolk Homicide Squad commander Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick told reporters that the young boy had visible signs of harm and said he was “a victim of violence.” Now, authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy, which will be conducted Friday by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner, police said in a news release.
Investigators believe that two adults and a 6-year-old girl also live in the Ketcham Ave. apartment, where the young boy was found. Homicide detectives said they do not believe the adults to be the parents of the children, but would not provide additional details, citing an ongoing investigation.
According to police officials, it is believed that the 911 call was placed from inside the home, but detectives did not say if they were aware of the caller’s identity. Investigators are now trying to locate that caller and they speak to anyone who knew the children or adults.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Homicide Section at 631-852-6392, or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.
Examiner.com will continue to follow this developing story and post updates as more information becomes available.