Two arrested after 56 bruises and bites found on dead child
POSTED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 9:11am
UPDATED: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 3:05pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — UPDATE: Michael Robertson, 46, and Lavaughn Riley, 32, will be charged with First-Degree Murder. They are being booked and processed today on the upgrade of charges.
EBR Parish Coroner completed an autopsy on Xzayvion Riley and ruled the cause of death as homicide. The results of the autopsy revealed that 8-year-old boy died as a result of an overwhelming infection (sepsis/peritonitis), which was secondary to a ruptured bowel caused by blunt force trauma to the abdomen.
The coroner also reports that there were over 60 external signs of recent and remote trauma.
ORIGINAL STORY: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Detectives arrested a man and a woman yesterday evening for Second-Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile after they discovered bruises and bites on their deceased 8-year-old son yesterday afternoon.
Michael Robertson, 46, and Lavaughn Riley, 32, are charged with Second-Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile following the death of their son, Xzayvion Riley.
Deputies responded to the Coy Avenue apartment Tuesday afternoon in reference to the unresponsive 8-year-old. Xzayvion was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
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 stated 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 witnessed Robertson bite the child on a regular basis as a form of discipline.
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 on a later date. More charges could be pending.