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When it came time to report last year’s crime statistics, Capt. William Murphy of the LAPD Northeast Division noted that 2 of the 12 homicides that took place in his division were “were family related infant fatalities” or cases of child abuse. Digging a little deeper into those statistics, it turns out that both of those deadly cases of child abuse took place in Elysian Valley, the small neighborhood wedged between the L.A. River and 5 Freeway. The two deaths – a three-year-old boy named Isiah and a 19-month old girl named Rosemary – were among the six, citywide homicides investigated last year by the LAPD’s Abused Child Unit, which handles unexplained deaths of children under age 11. Lt. Vincent Neglia with the Abused Child Unit provided a few more details about the Elysian Valley homicides, which were unrelated.
The first death took place a year ago in February when a three-year-old boy named Isiah died on Patridge Avenue in the north end of Elysian Valley, Neglia said. In October, a 19-month-old girl, Rosemary, died on Meadowvale Avenue.
It can of take several months for medical experts to determine if a child’s death was indeed a case of homicide and some of those unexplained homicides fail to be reflected in some crime statistics. In the case of Isiah, it took about six months before his death was classified as a murder. Neglia said the Child Abuse Unit followed up with an investigation that lead to an arrest in December. The Child Abuse Unit was still investigating Rosemary’s homicide.
Neglia did not return several calls from The Eastsider seeking more details on the arrest.