Child Abuse Detectives Investigating Death of 4-Year-Old South L.A. Boy: LAPD

Child abuse detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a 4-year-old boy in South Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department told KTLA on Thursday.

LAPD received a call regarding the child's death at about 3:30 a.m. from a back residence in the 4600 block of Honduras Street, which is located in the Central-Alameda neighborhood south of downtown L.A. Police said the boy's mother was not home at the time of the 911 call.

"The child's parent called the fire department for a medical emergency," Lt. Kerri Potter, of LAPD's Juvenile Division told KTLA.  "Dad is making a statement as to his actions. He was here with the child and he is the one who initiated the 911 call."

When first responders arrived the boy was not breathing. He was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The circumstances surrounding the boy's death were "suspicious" and the case is being investigated by the child abuse unit.

"There is some question about the injuries and that's why we're here investigating," Potter added.

Potter said the boy lived at the home with both of his parents, who were at the hospital and have been cooperating with police.

The father was later taken in for questioning.

Neighbors told KTLA the family only lived in the back house for a few days.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this story.

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