A man from Yonkers, New York, has pleaded guilty for the murder of his 2-year-old son, as well as the deplorable living conditions he left his children in.
During Christmas of 2016, Blair Robinson, 26, brought his unresponsive son, Alex, to the emergency room, telling staff that the child was not breathing, according to WPIX. Only a few hours later, the toddler died.
Although it wasn't immediately clear what caused Alex's death, hospital staff contacted police after witnessing bruises on the child's back, suspecting that Robinson may have abused his child.
An autopsy confirmed their belief and showed that Alex died from blunt force trauma to the head and torso. It also revealed that the boy had severe internal organ damage and brain hemorrhages. He also had a pattern of bruises on his back that indicated he was struck with some type of blunt instrument.
Initially, Robinson told investigators that he only hit his son once on the buttocks. However, after the autopsy report was released, he changed his story and confessed to kicking, beating, and whipping the child on his head and torso on the afternoon he died, according to WNBC. After the beating, Robinson took a nap and then completed an hour and a half shift at work before taking the boy to the emergency room, where he was pronounced dead.
As part of their investigation, police visited Robinson's home and were shocked to find Alex's 10-month-old sister on a mattress with no sheets in a cold bedroom with a bottle of curdled milk next to her. She was also suffering from severe diaper rash.
The rest of the apartment was also deemed to be a filthy and uninhabitable living space for children. The apartment was considered filthy and unsanitary and officers found rodent droppings all over kitchen surfaces. Bugs were seen flying inside the refrigerator.
The infant's mother was in the apartment at the time, although it's unclear whether she will be receiving any charges for her connection to the unsanitary living conditions.
The 10-month-old was sent to the hospital for follow-up treatment and was later put into the care of Child Protective Services.
Robinson remains in the Westchester County Jail. His sentencing hearing is set for December, where he could face up to 25 years in prison for first-degree manslaughter. It's unclear if he will face charges for his children's unsanitary living conditions.