An unemployed Grantville man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of killing his 2-year-old son while alone with him in their home last week.
San Diego police detectives took Bennie Harris Jr., 28, into custody at a residence in El Cajon shortly before 9:30 a.m., SDPD Lt. Kevin Rooney said.
About 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the suspect made an emergency call from his home to report that his son, Bennie Harris III, was unconscious and had stopped breathing.
The boy was pronounced dead the next afternoon at Rady Children's Hospital. An autopsy determined that the toddler had succumbed to blunt-force head trauma
, and the death was ruled a homicide.
Harris and his son lived in the residence near Qualcomm Stadium with the boy's mother, but the father was the only person with the child
when he suffered the fatal injuries, according to Rooney.
Harris was expected to be booked into county jail on suspicion of murder and assault resulting in the death of a child under age 8.
Rooney said he was unsure who lives in the home where Harris was arrested, but that it might be a relative.