SACRAMENTO - The caretaker of a Sacramento boy who died in November has been arrested for his murder.
Two-year-old William Philyaw was not breathing when Sacramento County sheriff's deputies were called to the 2900 block of Watt Avenue on Nov. 4, Sgt. Lisa Bowman said. Investigators learned the boy and his older brother were being watched after by 30-year-old Samuel Quinn Crutchor, a neighbor. The mother had left her sons in Crutchor's care while she was away from the home, Bowman said.
The coroner's autopsy conducted three days later determined the 2 year old had died as a result of trauma to his abdomen.
On Tuesday, Crutchor was taken into custody on an arrest warrant for murder and assault resulting in the death of a child, Bowman said.
Crutchor is in Sacramento County Jail on a no-bail hold.
Neighbors at Country Club Apartments on Watt Avenue had mixed reactions about the arrest.
"What he said was that he wouldn't volunteer to take care of the children. He was pushed into it," neighbor Linda Hernandez said.
Hernandez tried to revive the toddler when he stopped breathing.
The suspect's mother, Laura Blakenery, doesn't think Crutchor is to blame.
"My son didn't do nothing. My son isn't capable of killing a kid," Blakenery said. "He brought the kids candy. He spent time with them."
Blakenery said the toddlers mother had bigger problems.
"The b---- is smoking crystal meth," Blakenery said.
Heavily redacted documents from CPS detailed their inspections of the boy's home and his parents. The documents stated:
- "General neglect, inadequate medical, inadequate supervision."
- "The home is filthy with stuff everywhere and smelling of rotting food in the refrigerator. The fire department removed hazards."
- "On October 29, 2012, a marijuana joint was found in the child's diaper bag, accessible to child."
The boy's mother was arrested for child endangerment, but has since been released on bail.
Some neighbors said the mother would leave the child with anyone overnight, even people with drug problems. Other neighbors wondered if Crutchor is taking the blame for the parents.
"He's easy to scapegoat. He was there. He was there. This must have happened," neighbor Ray Brown said.