Police Thursday night were investigating the suspicious death of a 6-year-old boy in Southwest Philadelphia.
Medics and police responded about 7:20 p.m. to the child's home in the 2100 block of South Daggett Street and medics pronounced the boy dead at 7:29 p.m., said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.
The boy, who was hearing-impaired and had a twin brother, had been playing outside with a water gun when around 4:45 p.m. he stepped inside and slipped on the kitchen floor and injured his head, according to his 39-year-old stepfather, Walker said. The boy's mother was at work at the time.
The stepfather placed the boy in bed upstairs and then went outside to smoke a cigarette, Walker said. About 15 minutes later the stepfather found the boy gasping for air and moved him to another bedroom before returning downstairs.
Around 5:40 p.m., the stepfather found the boy unresponsive, Walker said. The stepfather did not say why he waited an hour and forty minutes before calling for emergency help.