SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A man accused of killing a 2-year-old boy is finally behind bars at Sacramento County Jail and talking to CBS13.

Samuel Crutchor, 30, was charged with murder in the November death of William Philyaw. The coroner’s report states the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Investigators say the baby’s mom asked him to watch William at an apartment complex on Watt Avenue. When she returned home, the boy was dead and Crutchor was gone.

Shortly after the child’s death, he was arrested in Monterey County on an unrelated outstanding warrant. After his release this week, the Sacramento County District Attorney officially charged him with murder.

In a jailhouse interview on Wednesday, he denied killing the the toddler. But he did admit he’s lived a violent life as a dedicated gang member.

But why did Crutchor allegedly leave the apartment after the crime?

“I been left,” he said. “I was gone hours and hours before the cops came, so that’s a f—— lie. They are lying up their a–, bro. Hours. At least four to five hours ahead of time. Because I was going to help a friend out.”

When we asked if William was OK when Crutchor left, that’s when the interview ended.

He’s currently being held without bail.

William Philyaw’s mother was also arrested last week for child endangerment for leaving the toddler in Crutchor’s care. She’s since bailed out.


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