Death of five year old boy being treated as murder


The death of a little boy who suffered catasrophic head injuries in a park in London is now being treated as murder.

The five-year-old was at Mountsfield Park in Catford in the early evening on Sunday, where it is understood that he was beaten. But it was not until eight hours after the incident that he was taken to hospital and he tragically died the following day.

Thirty-eight-year-old Marvin Iheanacho, from Wesley Avenue, Hounslow, was arrested on Monday and appeared at Bromley Magistrates Court the following day charged with grievous bodily harm with intent. He is set to appear back at court on December 20.

Head injuries

Hospital staff called officers from the Met Police in the early hours of Monday morning as they treated the little boy for serious head injuries.

He had been bluelighted to the hospital in south London by paramedics, who were called to an address in Bromley borough. Officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command squad are now investigating his death, and say they are treating it as murder.

A post-mortem examination has already been carried out, which found that he died as a result of head injuries.

Police officers will now be heading back to the park on November 27 as they try to piece together exactly what happened and what led up to the attack on the helpless boy. They are deliberately going back a week on after he was attacked as they believe that there may be witnesses who have a routine of visiting the park at the same time each week.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Lynes, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are appealing to find any witnesses who were in, or near to, Mountsfield Park, Catford between approximately 5.15pm and 6.45pm on Sunday November 20.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything regarding an incident involving a man in the company of a child.”



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