Phoenix PD investigating after 5-year-old dies while in teen's care

PHOENIX - A 16-year-old may be facing child abuse charges after a 5-year-old left in his care died at a Valley hospital.

Officer James Holmes said police were called to Phoenix Children's Hospital on Sunday to investigate a possible child abuse case.

When officers arrived, they learned the 5-year-old's mother had brought the boy to the hospital after finding him unresponsive in their home when she got home from work.

Holmes said investigators learned the 5-year-old, and two other children, ages 3 and 4 months, had been left in the care of the 16-year-old while the teen's father and child's mother went to work.

Authorities said the teen allegedly became upset with the the 5-year-old and pushed him to the ground. The little boy lost consciousness and the teen reportedly put the child in bed without telling anybody what happened.

Holmes said when the boy's mother went to get him up for dinner, she found he had vomited and was unresponsive.

Detectives questioned the teen and he was detained at the Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Center on suspected child abuse charges.

Holmes said the investigation is ongoing.

The name of the 16-year-old suspect is not being released at this time.

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