Brooklyn man charged with killing 3-year-old boy left in neighbor’s care

Police are investigating after they say a young child was found dead inside a Brooklyn apartment late Sunday night.
File photo by Dean Moses

Brooklyn detectives charged a man Monday with allegedly killing a 3-year-old boy while he was left in his neighbor’s care on Sunday evening, police reported.

Kevin James, 29, is accused of killing 3-year-old Denim Brown, who was left in the care of his mother’s neighbor inside of 770 New York Ave. on March 17.

Officers from the 67th Precinct responded to the home at around 9:44 p.m. Sunday night and found Brown, who had suffered a head injury. The youngster was rushed to nearby Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police have not commented on how the child was murdered, only saying that the boy suffered a serious head wound. The motive for the homicide remains unknown and under investigation.

James, the neighbor’s stepson, who lives in the same New York Avenue apartment building, was taken into custody the night of the grim discovery for questioning but was not charged until Monday evening.

James is charged with murder, assault, and acting in a manner injurious to a child, police reported.

According to court records, James was due to appear in Kings County Criminal Court on Tuesday for arraignment. Information about the hearing was not yet available.