NEW YORK (AP) – The brother of a 4-year-old who died after being tossed from a New York City apartment has been arrested on a murder charge.
Police say 20-year-old Sawn Smith was taken into custody shortly after his brother, Shimron Smith, was found unconscious and unresponsive in the courtyard of a Brooklyn building early Saturday morning.
It wasn’t clear if the older brother had a lawyer who could comment.
Police believe the child’s older brother tossed him from the roof or from the family’s sixth-floor apartment.
Neighbors say the older brother has a history of mental illness. One building resident tells the Daily News that the brother seemed to be “a little off.” Other neighbors recall seeing the alleged killer aimlessly walking up and down the building steps.