A Humboldt County man was arrested Monday, July 26, on suspicion of murdering a four-year-old boy.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives were called to a local hospital after the child had been transported there Saturday night, according to the Sheriff’s Dept. The boy, whose name was not released before press time, was pronounced deceased.
“The child’s body showed evidence of on-going abuse, with extreme bruising being present over much of his body,” stated a press release from the Sheriff’s Department.
The child had been transported to the hospital late Saturday night after his care-giver discovered he wasn’t breathing.
The child was pronounced dead at about 11 p.m.
Detectives interviewed family members and learned the child had been in the primary care of Leon Alyious Bigleggins, 25, during the days leading up to his death. They were residing on Sabertooth Road, located east of Blue Lake off Highway 299.
Bigleggins is an acquaintance of the victim’s grandmother.
Bigleggins was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on suspicion of one count of murder. Bail has not been set.
Bigleggins is scheduled to be arraigned by Wednesday, July 28.
An autopsy of the child will be scheduled by the Coroner’s Office.