Accused Killer of 4-year-old Amityville Boy Pleads Not Guilty
January 21, 2013
Jonathan Thompson accused of punching Adonis Reed, leading to his death.
(Long Island, NY) The man accused of killing 4-year-old Adonis Reed in Amityville last week, 31-year-old Jonathan Thompson, is under arrest and being held without bail after being arraigned Saturday on charges of second-degree murder.
Thompson was arrested in Brooklyn on Friday by a combined effort of the Suffolk County Police Department and U.S. Marshals after eluding authorities for several days.
Thompson, the boyfriend of Reed’s legal guardian, has issued a plea of Not Guilty, having been accused of delivering two blows to the child which lacerated his liver, leading to his death several hours later. Thompson had admitted to punching the boy, according to police.
According to reports, Thompson had been living the same apartment, located at 89 Kethcham Avenue in Amityville, where Reed had been found lying unconscious and alone after an unknown individual had called 911 at 3:49 p.m. on Wednesday of last week, requesting an ambulance for a boy in urgent need of medical attention.
Reed was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where doctors pronounced him dead at 6 p.m. An autopsy performed by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner the next day uncovered deliberate injuries that caused investigators to rule the case as a homicide.
Reed’s 6 year-old sister is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services, having been taken into their custody after the incident. The boy’s caregiver has not been identified by police, nor has it yet been revealed if they face any charges in conjunction with Reed’s death.
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