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Manchester boy, 7, who sustained burns allegedly inflicted by father, has died, prosecutors say

A 7-year-old Manchester, N.H., boy who last week sustained severe burn injuries allegedly inflicted by his father died Tuesday at a Massachusetts hospital, according to New Hampshire Attorney General John M. Formella’s office.

Prosecutors identified the child as Jaevion Riley. The Massachusetts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy. The results aren’t expected for several months, pending “additional studies,” prosecutors said.

“The circumstances surrounding the child’s death are being actively investigated while the cause and manner of death is under investigation,” prosecutors said.

Murtadah Mohammad, the boy’s father, was arrested last week on charges of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of falsifying physical evidence, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, authorities said.


On Jan. 17, police were called to an Eastern Avenue home for a report that Jaevion had been burned and wasn’t breathing.

The boy sustained “significant burns” on his face and body, police said, and doctors observed other injuries. Mohammad was arrested Jan. 19. He has not been charged with causing his son’s death.

“The charges against Mr. Mohammad are accusations, and Mr. Mohammad is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty,” prosecutors said Wednesday.

Material from prior Globe stories was used in this report.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.