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Alex was a 6 month baby that lived with his mother and uncle in Kips Bay, Manhattan. It is thought that little baby Alex would not stop crying so his own uncle punched him. His mother was at work at the time. Alex started having trouble breathing a short time later. His uncle called 911 and the Alex was taken to Beth Israel Hospital. Alex was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.


  Adam Stephan, Eyewitness News
KIPS BAY (WABC) -- Police in Manhattan arrested a man for allegedly punching his 6-month-old nephew, killing him.


Police say 33-year-old Luis Melendez was babysitting his nephew, Alex-Jose Fernandez, in their Kips Bay apartment Monday afternoon.

The two live there with the boy's mother.


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Authorities say the baby boy started crying and wouldn't stop, so Melendez punched him.

A short time later, Fernandez had trouble breathing, and Melendez called 911.

The baby was taken to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

While being questioned by police, Melendez apparently made statements implicating himself in the child's death.

The mother was not home at the time of the incident and will not be charged.

Sources say Melendez has two prior arrests - one in 1999 for sex abuse and another 2003 for endangering the welfare of a child.

Melendez is charged with second-degree murder, reckless assault of a child and endangering the welfare of a child.



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