08/09/2012 07:16 pm ET Updated Aug 09, 2012

Brett Cronin Allegedly Killed A 13-Year-Old By Injecting Him With Heroin


A man has been arrested for allegedly injecting a 13-year-old with a fatal dose of heroin.

Los Angeles Fire Department officers found the deceased 13-year-old boy in a Woodland Hills home at about 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Brett Cronin, 23, was arrested later that night for allegedly shooting himself up with heroin and then injecting the child, who died some time after, NBC reports.

The boy was spending the night at his friend's house. Cronin is the older brother of the boy's friend.

The victim went into convulsions soon after the injection but Cronin panicked and did not call for help, according to NBC.

There were no track marks on the boy or any indication that he had ever been injected with heroin before. Cronin’s motive is unknown and under investigation. He was booked for murder at LAPD’s Van Nuys jail facility on $1 million bail.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Topanga Area Homicide Detectives at (818) 756-4869. After hours and on weekends, calls may be directed to (818) 756-4800.