A 16-year-old boy was in custody Thursday on suspicion of murder in Pasadena for allegedly beating to death his toddler son, a police lieutenant said.

Officers dispatched on Feb. 4 about 8:30 a.m. to the 1600 block of Kenneth Way regarding a boy just under 2 years old who was not breathing reported that paramedics arriving at the scene earlier had pronounced the infant, Brandon Blackburn, dead, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.

“The investigation revealed that the toddler was free of medical issues,” Carrillo said. “The autopsy results confirmed the cause of Blackburn’s death was due to blunt force trauma to his abdomen area.”

On Tuesday, detectives conducted follow up interviews with the victim’s father who “ultimately confessed to striking victim Blackburn with his fist several times,” the police lieutenant said.

The teenager was subsequently arrested and was currently being held without bail at the Eastlake Central Juvenile Detention in Los Angeles, Carillo said.

Pasadena police detectives asked anyone with any information regarding the death to call them at (626) 744-4241.

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