A man has been arrested and charged with murder after the body of a 16-year-old boy was found inside a Lake Macquarie apartment on Tuesday.
Police were called to the unit on Charlestown Road around 12.30am amid reports the teen was unresponsive.
Officers determined the boy was dead upon arrival and have since deemed his death suspicious.
Investigating officers arrested a man, 24, who was known to the boy, in a restaurant carpark a short time later and he was taken to Maitland Police Station before being transferred to the Mater Hospital for treatment.
He has since been taken to Belmont Police Station and charged with murder, and refused bail to appear at Belmont Local Court on Wednesday.
The means by which the 24-year-old allegedly killed the teen remain undisclosed.
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