MILWAUKEE — The community gathers with the family of one-year-old Alonzo Lamar, Jr., to honor the baby who died on New Year's Day. It comes as Milwaukee Police continues to investigate his death as a homicide and are close to seeking charges.
Police say they will present charges to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office in connection to the death of Lamar.
"I'm numb. I'm trying to understand it, and I don't," said Andreana Martin, mother.
Martin speaks out as people in the community gather to remember her little boy she called A.J. Police are currently investigating his death as a homicide.
"He didn't deserve it. He was the happiest, precious baby that anybody could meet," said Martin.
A.J.'s mother said she went to work on New Year's Day and left her son with a man she trusted. Martin said they would usually talk multiple times while she's at work, but that day she barely heard from him. Then, she got a call that A.J. would not wake up. She rushed home.
"I see my baby. I see him laying. I knew he was gone. Something was just telling me he was gone already. As I walk up I see bruises all over his face from the top of his forehead to the middle of his lip was swollen. The side of his face was all bruised," said Martin.
She said the man watching A.J. said he fell. Martin questions that wondering why he didn't go upstairs where her family lives for help. Police continue to question the man who was babysitting. A.J.'s mother wants him charged.
"There is nothing he could have done to you that could have made you do this to him. I don't care if it was anger. I don't care what is was," said Martin. "Make him make me understand what it was for you to kill a one year old. A precious one year old."
Police said they are not sure when the district attorney's office will take up the case. The Medical Examiner's Office said not all the lab tests from the autopsy are back yet.