Tacoma police Thursday arrested an 18-year-old man who already served time for assaulting his young cousin, but subsequently was charged with murder after the boy died.
Detective Bradley Graham booked Leland Belone into the Remann Hall juvenile detention center on a warrant charging him with second-degree murder.
Belone is expected to make an appearance in juvenile court today. Pierce County prosecutors might seek to have his case transferred to adult court.
He is charged with killing Tyrell Tsosie. The boy was 13 months old when he suffered a traumatic brain injury while in Belone’s care in December 2007, according to court documents.
Belone, then 15, told detectives he had thrown the boy into the air and let him land on the floor and also had shaken him violently, court records show.
The News Tribune did not publish the teen’s name then but is doing so now because he’s turned 18.
Five months later, Belone pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and was sentenced to the custody of the state’s Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration. He was released May 28, 2010.
Tyrell died in March 2010 of complications from his injury, and the Medical Examiner’s Office classified his death a homicide.
Prosecutors then began considering whether to file a murder charge against Be-lone, which they have the authority to do. They did so April 1 and issued a warrant for Belone’s arrest.
Police had information he planned to travel to Washington from his home in New Mexico, and Graham was waiting for him Thursday at Sea-Tac Airport.