By Marty Griffin

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police questioned the mother of an 11-year-old boy who was beaten to death in Knoxville over the weekend.

KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin reports there have been at least two investigations dating back to 2001.

Cynthia McKee, the mother of the victim, Donovan McKee, was at Pittsburgh Police headquarters for three hours.

KDKA’s Marty Griffin reports she was cooperative with detectives. Now the district attorney will have to decide whether or not to file charges.

McKee had no comment as she was escorted out of police headquarters. She could face criminal charges for not calling 911 for nearly an hour while her son lay beaten, motionless on the floor.

Arrested and charged with his death is Anthony Bush, Cynthia McKee’s live-in boyfriend, who told police “that boy was going to get a beating.”

Sources tell the KDKA Investigators police have looked into Bush before. In 2001, Donovan’s maternal grandmother filed a PFA against him, telling police she found a burn on Donovan’s foot. He was 1-years old at the time.

CYF investigated Donovan’s mother, Cynthia McKee and Bush in 2007. The maternal grandmother reported McKee and Bush were smoking marijuana in front of Donovan.

Police and child advocates are trying to understand why.

“This case goes beyond even the normalcy for even the murder of a child because this is torture,” Joan Mills with A Child’s Place at Mercy, said. “This is a torture case.”

During the one-hour window investigators suggested McKee didn’t call 911, she told police she couldn’t do it because at the time she was trying to clear her son’s airway and perform CPR to save his life.

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