Death of 3-year-old boy in D.C. ruled homicide

UPDATE: Thursday – 6/26/2014, 3:45pm ET

WASHINGTON – D.C. police say the death of a 3-year-old boy found Tuesday morning has been ruled a homicide.

Xavier Lyles, who lived in Southeast D.C., died of multiple blunt force trauma injuries, according to police.

Police continue to investigate his death.

EARLIER: Wednesday – 6/25/2014, 8:55am ET

WASHINGTON — Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 3-year-old boy in Southeast.

The child was found when police and rescuers were called to an apartment in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road SE around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Police confirm the boy’s identity as 3-year-old Xavier Lyles.

The child’s grandparents tell ABC7 they were with the boy all weekend, and that he was fine when they brought him back home on Monday.

Police have yet to characterize the death, ABC7 reports, but the scene was troubling enough to some fire and EMS workers that counselors were brought in.

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