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Boy, 7, Found Dead With Broken Bones at New Jersey Home

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    Boy, 7, Found Dead With Broken Bones at NJ Home

    Authorities are investigating the death of an 7-year-old boy found unconscious with broken bones in a bathtub at a New Jersey apartment Saturday afternoon. Wale Aliyu reports. (Published Monday, Oct. 3, 2016)

    Authorities are investigating the death of an 7-year-old boy found unconscious with broken bones in a bathtub at a New Jersey apartment Saturday afternoon.

    The boy, identified as Michael Moore, was pronounced dead not long after authorities responded to the scene on Munn Avenue in Newark.

    His death has been ruled suspicious, and a medical examiner was called in to perform an autopsy.

    The boy's mother, 28-year-old Khadejrah Rawls, was charged with child endangerment in the case. Her boyfriend, 29-year-old Christopher Spearman, was charged with aggravated assault. Both were charged based on the child's injuries.

    Attorney information for the two wasn't immediately available.

    It's not clear if either will face homicide charges in the child's death.

    Authorities said that the boy's four siblings, his mother and her boyfriend all lived in the apartment, along with three puppies. All of them were removed from the home.

    Neighbors nearby set up a small vigil for Moore on Monday morning, signing "rest in peace" on a poster for the boy.

    Moore's death came a little more than a month before his eighth birthday.