Early this morning 20-year-old Shawn Smith was arrested for tossing his 4-year-old brother from there apartment building, Boston Police identify the suspect as the victims older brother. He remains in custody after he admitted to tossing his bro off of the structure’s roofing system.
Police responded to a 911 call around 3:30 a.m. Saturday on the 2400 block of Nostrand Avenue in Midwood and discovered the 4-year-old boy unconscious and unresponsive in the courtyard of a building.
The young victim, identified as Shimron Smith, was found dead at the scene, police stated.
Authorities stated 20-year-old Shawn Smith, the victim’s older brother, is being held by authorities and stated that he admitted to throwing his little brother off of the structure’s roofing system. The victim and suspect’s cousin told the media that Shawn Smith struggles with mental illness and was formerly hospitalized and dealt with for schizophrenia.
Police are still conducting a full investigation.
Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental illness that impacts how an individual thinks, feels, and acts. Individuals with schizophrenia may appear like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as typical as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling.
Symptoms of schizophrenia normally begin in between ages 16 and 30. In uncommon cases, children have schizophrenia too.
The symptoms of schizophrenia fall under 3 categories: positive, negative, and cognitive.
Shawn Smith showed these symptoms: “Positive” signs are psychotic behaviors not usually seen in healthy individuals. People with positive signs might “lose touch” with some elements of reality. Symptoms include:
- Idea disorders (unusual or inefficient point of views).
- Motion disorders (upset body language).
Source: The Recover News Room