Police classify Amityville child's death as homicide

Neighbors have constructed a makeshift memorial for 4-year-old Adonis Reed. (1/17/13)

AMITYVILLE - Police say they're classifying the death of a 4-year-old Amityville boy as a homicide.

Police say they received a 911 call at 3:49 p.m. Wednesday in which the caller indicated that an ambulance was required for a small boy at an apartment on Ketcham Avenue. Police are now searching for the caller.

When police arrived, they discovered a young boy, identified as Adonis Reed, lying unconscious on a couch in the living room. Detectives say he was a clear victim of violence and had bruises on his body when emergency crews found him.

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Officials say no adults were present in the apartment when first responders arrived.

Officials say the boy and his 6-year-old sister were living at the home with adults, but their relation to the children is not clear. The 6-year-old girl is now in custody of child protective services.

An autopsy was performed on Reed this afternoon.

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