BATTLE GROUND, Wash. – A 3-year-old boy has died of his injuries at a hospital, and his mother’s boyfriend is being held on investigation of first-degree murder.
Police in the Clark County city of Battle Ground said they arrested 39-year-old Ricardo Gutierrez after officers responded to a disturbance call Monday evening. Police said officers had to force their way into the home, where they found Gutierrez and the injured boy.
Police said the boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He died Monday night.
Gutierrez lived at the home with the boy’s mother. He was booked into Clark County Jail.
Battle Ground police and a Clark County major crimes unit are investigating.
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