The father of a 1-month-old boy was arrested Thursday and charged with beating the child to death inside a Southeast Washington apartment, according to D.C. police.
Tyrik Lamont Brown, 19, of Southeast Washington was charged with first-degree murder and could make his initial court appearance Friday. He was arrested shortly before noon in Southeast by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Police said that the infant, Raj’saun Tyrik Brown, was found dead about 9:40 a.m. Oct. 29 in an apartment in the 1700 block of Trenton Place SE. The medical examiner said the infant died from blunt-force trauma.
A D.C. police report lists Brown as the person who called 911. Police said in the report that the first responding officer noticed the severity of the infant’s injuries and got him to a hospital “as fast as possible.” Raj’saun was pronounced dead at 11:42 a.m.
Two D.C. police officials familiar with the case identified Brown as the infant’s father.
Little about the infant could be learned. No one was home on two visits to the apartment in Southeast Washington where the incident occurred. At another address about a mile away that was linked to the father, a woman who identified herself as his grandmother said she had never seen the infant and declined to comment further.
This year in the District, three infants and one toddler have been the victims of homicides. Two of the deaths occurred in 2013 but were ruled as homicides by the medical examiner in 2014.