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Aunt of 3-year-old found dead in Brooklyn home arrested and charged: NYPD

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BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn (PIX11)-- An aunt of a 3-year-old Brooklyn boy who found at his home beaten has been arrested in his death.

Police said Thursday that 21-year-old Christen Dale was arrested on charges of manslaughter, assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a weapon.

Information on her attorney wasn't immediately available.

Officers responded to a 911 call at house on Rockaway Parkway in Brownsville at about 1:30 p.m Wednesday. Cops found  Ethan Ali unconscious and unresponsive with bruises on his body. EMS pronounced the child dead at the scene. Sources say little Ethan's body was covered in belt marks.

The medical examiner on Thursday ruled the death a homicide, saying the boy died of multiple blunt impact injuries.

Around the neighborhood, Ethan was known as a playful kid. He always had a huge smile on his face.

“I’m devastated, I’m sad,” said relative Devon Evans. “I would say that’s a sick person if that really happened, and she really beat the child that’s a sick person.”