Suspicious death of 7-year-old in New Hampshire investigated; father is charged

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MANCHESTER, NH — A 7-year-old New Hampshire boy has died days after police found him with “significant burns” and other injuries. Attorney General John Formella said Jaevion Riley died Tuesday in a Massachusetts hospital.

Police had responded to a Manchester home on Eastern Avenue a week earlier for a report of a boy who was not conscious or breathing and had burns on his face and body.

The Massachusetts medical examiner will perform an autopsy, but the results may not be known for several months.

“The circumstances surrounding the child’s death are being actively investigated while the cause and manner of death are being investigated,” Formella said in a statement.

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Murtada Mohammed

Manchester police


The boy’s father, 25-year-old Murtadah Mohammad, is facing charges including first- and second-degree assault, faking physical evidence and endangering a child’s welfare.

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