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Man charged with involuntary manslaughter in death of 3 year old boy, DA says

ALLENTOWN, Pa - District Attorney Gavin P. Holihan announced criminal charges have been filed in the death of a 3-year-old boy in Allentown, according to a news release from the Allentown Police.


According to police, 28 year old Jose Hilario Abreu, of Allentown, is charged with Involuntary manslaughter in which the victim is under 12 Years of Age and two counts of endangering the welfare of children; violating a duty of care which creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury for a child age 6 and younger.


All charges are graded as felonies of the second degree.


PHOTO courtesy Mike Nester


Abreu was arraigned today by District Judge Ron Manescu and bail was set at $250,000 cash, according to police. He was committed to Lehigh County Jail.


His arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 12, 2024.


On March 28, 2024 at approximately 11:53 a.m., Lehigh County 911 Communications Center received a 911 call in which a female said her 3-year-old son grabbed a gun and shot himself in the chest.


The victim, identified as Elijah Abreu Borgen