NEW YORK (1010WINS) — A man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a baby Sunday night on Long Island’s Shinnecock Indian Reservation.

Pedro Jones, 20, was babysitting 17-month-old Roy Jones when he allegedly struck the child several times with closed fists and grabbed him by the neck, police say.

pedro jones Police: Baby Beat To Death On Shinnecock Reservation

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Officials says Jones told police that he was “trying to make him act like a boy instead of a little girl.”

The baby was found in cardiac arrest and was rushed to Southampton Hospital where he died around 8:30 p.m.

The baby’s family lashed out at Jones at his arraignment Monday calling him a “pig.”

“He stole the life of a child,” Daniel Collins, the boy’s grandfather said. “I hope the justice system turns around and steals his.”

Jones, who is not a member of the Shinnecock nation, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter.

“It’s a tragedy,” a spokeswoman for the tribe said. “We’re in mourning.”

Police say Jones is the boyfriend of the baby’s mother.

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