PORTLAND, Ore. – Police arrested a man Tuesday who they say fatally injured his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.
The boy died at the hospital Thursday at 5 p.m. The Oregon State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on the child on Friday to determine the exact cause of death.
Police say suspicious injuries to the boy led them to arrest 28-year-old Joshua Howard after they say he called 911 Tuesday from a motel room to report the boy was unconscious.
A police officer who arrived at the Unicorn Motel at 3040 S.E. 82nd Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. performed CPR on the boy. He continued CPR even after paramedics arrived and until the boy arrived at a Portland hospital.
Howard, who used to live in Astoria, was arraigned today.
He’s charged with Attempted Aggravated Murder, Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, and Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree.
A Multnomah County grand jury indicted Howard on Thursday March 13. He is charged with murder, murder by abuse and first-degree criminal mistreatment.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Tom Walker at (503) 823-0254 or Detective Mark Sponhauer at (503) 823-0416.
Learn more about how to report suspected child abuse from DHS.