Prosecutors have charged the boyfriend of a babysitter with murder for the alleged beating of a 2-year-old boy over the weekend that left him brain-dead.
Elder Matamoros, 23, was initially arrested Sunday on suspicion of cruelty to a child likely to produce great bodily injury or death. The boy, who was brought to a Long Beach hospital in extremely critical condition, was discovered Saturday afternoon by deputies and paramedics who responded to a "baby not breathing" call in the 11400 block of Maza Street in the Norwalk area, according to the
"The victim was unresponsive," department officials said in a statement.
The mother had left the boy in the care of a babysitter. Her boyfriend, Matamoros, allegedly "assaulted the victim using blunt force trauma," officials said.
Sheriff's homicide detectives said physicians determined the boy was brain-dead. His identity was not immediately released.
A spokeswoman for the L.A. County district attorney's office said Wednesday that Matamoros was charged with one count of assault on a child causing death and one count of murder.
Matamoros, who was being held on $100,000 bail, was due in court Jan. 21 for his arraignment.
[Updated at 3:49 p.m. PST, Jan. 8: Prosecutors say they are requesting bail be increased to $1 million.]