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Feb 15, 2013 11:42 AM by AP

Coroner: Toddler killed by asphyxiation

MARRERO, La. (AP) - Authorities say the boyfriend of a Marrero woman has been arrested in the death of her 3-year-old son, Desmond Brown.

Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, says 34-year-old Timothy Reed was arrested Thursday and booked with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and attempted aggravated arson.

Fortunato says Reed was taken into custody at a motel in eastern New Orleans after investigators received a tip that he was hiding out there.

An autopsy concluded that Brown died of "homicidal asphyxiation."

The toddler's mother, Lakeshia Brown, found the boy's body Wednesday, partially covered by a pile of dirty clothes on the floor of their home.

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