CPS was investigating teen accused of killing 5-year-old boy

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A north Phoenix teen accused of killing a 5-year-old boy he was baby-sitting was being investigated by Child Protective Services for previous reports, according to information released by the agency Friday.

CPS said it received the first report alleging physical abuse to Ian Blair by 16-year-old Justin Hoskins on March 28. An anonymous source stated that Ian always had some kind of injury such as black eyes, bruises and cuts.

Dates and details of the injuries are unknown, but it is believed Hoskins might have been throwing Ian off a bunk bed, according to the CPS paperwork.

Hoskins' father and Ian's mother are in a relationship, and the families live together, according to police.

CPS said an investigation was in progress when the second report was received on April 3. An anonymous source reported that on March 29 or 30, Ian had a black eye and said Hoskins does things to him.

According to CPS, Ian's mother stated her son falls off the bunk bed.

The second report was under investigation when CPS was notified of Ian's hospitalization on May 18.

According to police, Ian's mother had left him, his 3-year-old sister and 4-month-old sister in Hoskins' care.

Police said Ian and his sister got into a food fight that afternoon and Hoskins told Ian to go to a corner for punishment. When Ian refused, Hoskins allegedly shoved him in the chest, causing the boy to fall to the ground and hit his head.

Court records show Hoskins picked the boy up, realized he was unresponsive, and placed him in bed. He never called his father, Ian's mother or police because he was scared, according to investigators.

The parents reportedly thought Ian was napping when they returned home. Police said it wasn't until at least five hours after the incident when Ian's mother went to wake him up for dinner that she realized something was wrong. Court documents said he was covered in vomit and urine.

Ian died from a brain injury at a hospital on May 21.

CPS said it has removed the other children from the home and placed them with relatives.

CPS, the Office of Child Welfare Investigations, and the Phoenix Police Department are investigating the case.

Hoskins faces child abuse charges, but police said additional charges could be filed now that Ian has died. Hoskins is being charged as an adult, and his bond was set at $500,000.

Teen baby sitter accused of killing 5-year-old boy