Man arrested in Phoenix in death of 2-year-old boy

December 24, 2019 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — A man has been arrested in the suspected abuse death of a 2-year-old boy who suffered severe injuries and trauma, police said Tuesday.

Phoenix police said Rickey R. Lockwood, 36, was arrested Monday on suspicion in the boy’s death. Lockwood’s relationship with the child identified as Eli Steel was unclear.

Authorities responding to a call at a Phoenix home found the child was not breathing and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The county Medical Examiner’s office will determine the boy’s cause of death.

A Dec. 31 court appearance was scheduled for Lockwood, who was being held without bond at Maricopa County Jail.

Online records did not list an attorney who could speak on his behalf.