Cops: Death of 3-year-old in Roxborough is a homicide

Update: The child's mother's boyfriend, Joseph Zysk, 27, has been charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter and related offenses for the death of the 3-year-old boy, Jason Larkin, police said. The cause of his death was multiple blunt force trauma to the body and a lacerated liver, according to police.

The death of a 3-year-old child this weekend in Roxborough has been declared a homicide, police said, and while investigators said that someone was in custody for the death, they remained tight-lipped about who they have charged. 

The investigation into the 3-year-old boy’s death early Saturday morning was being handled by the Special Victims Unit until it was taken over today by homicide investigators, police said.

The toddler was discovered unresponsive by his mother’s boyfriend at 3 a.m. Saturday in his bedroom inside of a home on Houghton Street near Jamestown, near Roxborough Memorial Hospital, police said. The boy was taken to that hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:11 a.m. His identity and the cause of his death have not yet been released.

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