VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Offers $10,000 Reward for Arrest in 6-Year-Old's Beating Death

A county supervisor said today he will ask the Board of Supervisors to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of killing his 6-year-old stepson in South Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas wants the reward posted for Marcas Fisher, 36, who is accused of fatally beating Dae’von Bailey July 23 at a home in the 800 block of East 87th Place.

Fisher, the child’s last known caretaker, was nowhere to be found when officers arrived, police said.

“The entire community has a responsibility to help bring the perpetrator to justice, and we offer this reward for whomever comes forward to do that,” Ridley-Thomas told City News Service.

“This is a test of our regard for the protection and safety of our children,” Ridley-Thomas said. “No county can be proud of itself under these circumstances. We need to rally every moral fiber to apprehend the suspect — and those that might be harboring the suspect.”

The county Department of Children and Family Services had received repeated reports that Fisher had been abusing the boy, but left the child in his care. As a result of the boy’s death, the agency is increasing administrative oversight of child abuse investigations.

Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Patrick Gannon said earlier that investigators believe Fisher is getting help in evading capture.

“We believe there are people that he knows that have been harboring him and helping him from being captured by police,” Gannon said.

The arrest warrant alleges one count each of murder and assault on a child causing death. When Fisher is captured, bail will be set at $2 million, officials said.

Gannon said Fisher should be considered dangerous, and is on probation for burglary and narcotics violations.

He was in jail last month on suspicion of drunken driving, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Web site, which lists his release date as June 28.

Gannon urged anyone with information about Fisher’s whereabouts to call police at (213) 485-2801 during normal weekday office hours or (877) LAPD-24-7 around the clock. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

From County News Service (CNS)