Police: Toddler found dead with signs of sex assault

A 1-year-old boy has died after police found him unresponsive in a Philadelphia house with bruises and signs of sexual assault, and the child’s stepfather is under arrest.

Police arrived at a residence in Southwest Philadelphia on Wednesday just after 5:30 p.m. over a report of unresponsive child.

Police and fire department personnel found the toddler upstairs, lying on the floor without a pulse.

The boy was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was pronounced dead just after 6 p.m.

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Police say the attending physician noticed the child had multiple bruises and signs of sexual assault.

According to a statement released by the Philadelphia Police Thursday, the male who identified himself as the victim’s stepfather was transported to Special Victims for further investigation and arrested. He will face charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, endangering the welfare of a child and related offenses.

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