Salt Lake City police say they are not treating the death of a teenage boy over the weekend as a homicide, but they have made an arrest related to the case.
A 16-year-old boy suffered a severe head injury early Sunday in an outside stairwell at an apartment complex near 1100 S. Roberta (240 East). The boy died as a result of those injuries, according to police.
The boy had been attending a party in an apartment being rented by 44-year-old Victor Hernandez, according to a Salt Lake City Jail report. Initially, Hernandez called police and told them there was a boy injured outside his apartment, but "he did not know the man down, and that he had never been inside the apartment," according to the jail report.
Police determined the victim was "extremely intoxicated" and "fell down 1 1/2 flights of stairs. (The boy) sustained a fatal injury to his head in the fall down the stairs."
At least three other minors told investigators that everyone, including the victim, had been in Hernandez's apartment "drinking vodka" and that Hernandez had supplied alcohol to the boy who died, according to the jail report.
After the fall, Hernandez reportedly carried the boy into his apartment. When the other teens left, the boy was "injured and lying on Hernandez's couch," the jail report stated.
Hernandez was arrested for investigation of child endangerment, a first-degree felony, and was being held Monday on no bail.
Salt Lake City police detective Jared Wihongi said Monday he did not know how many people were at the weekend party, but noted it was a mix of ages. The possibility of other minors being supplied alcohol still was being investigated Monday, he said.Wihongi said the police department would not release the victim's name, because he was a juvenile.
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