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Mother arrested in death of 4-year-old Brooklyn boy found with bruising

Posted at 6:07 AM, Jan 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-26 14:07:44-05

BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn – Police have arrested the mother of a 4-year-old boy who was found in their Brooklyn apartment with bruises all over his body and later died, officials said Thursday.

Officers responded Wednesday night to a 911 call of an unconscious child inside a basement apartment at 121 Riverdale Ave., police said. When they arrived, cops found 4-year-old Zamair Cooms in an unconscious and unresponsive state.

EMS took Cooms to a hospital where he died.

The child’s mother Zarah Coombs, 26, was arrested on Thursday. She faces charges of murder, manslaughter, acting in a manner injurious to a child and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) removed two children — a 4-month-old boy and a 2-year-old boy — from Coombs’ home on Thursday. Both of the boys are her sons.

An uncle of the child told PIX11 News that the city had been called to the suspect’s home in the past because of fighting between the mother and her boyfriend.

Michael Thomas said ACS had responded to the home years ago about a call regarding a 9-year-old child.

A spokesperson for ACS said in a statement that they are investigating this case along with police.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Zamair, and commend the New York City Police Department on quickly making an arrest in this case,” the spokesperson said.

“As we conduct our investigation along with the NYPD, we await the findings from the Medical Examiner’s Office.”