Staten Island toddler's death ruled a homicide

November 24, 2010 3:25:33 PM PST
A two-year-old Staten Island boy died on Tuesday after police found him unconscious at his family's home.

Josiah Taylor was discovered unconscious and unresponsive inside the home on Mosel Avenue just before 1:00 p.m.

He was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was pronounced dead.

The medical examiner's office has ruled the death a homicide. The boy suffered from battered child syndrome. He had injuries in various stages of healing, which the medical examiner said took place over a period of time.

Detectives are questioning the boy's mother and father. No charges have been filed yet against his parents.

The 18-year-old mother told detectives that the boy was already unresponsive when she shook him. She then made statements that may implicate the father, police said.

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