BLYTHE: Infant’s death being investigated as homicide
BLYTHE – Riverside County Sheriff’s officials are conducting a homicide investigation after a 6-month-old died under suspicious circumstances on Tuesday Feb. 23.
At about 7:15 a.m., deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Blythe-Colorado River Station were contacted by medical personnel from the Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe, regarding a possible child abuse investigation.
Doctors, nurses, teachers, law enforcement officers and others who work directly with children are among those who are mandated reporters for all cases of suspected child abuse and neglect.
When deputies arrived hospital staff informed them that the infant had succumbed to their injuries after medical intervention had failed and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Investigators from the Blythe Station and the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the hospital and assumed the investigation.
“The name of the child is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin,” Riverside Sheriff Sergeant Walter Mendez said. “No arrests have been made and due to the ongoing status of the investigation, no further information will be released at this time.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Dan Moody of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3525, or Investigator Matt Morelock of the Blythe Station at (760) 921-5769. Callers can refer to incident file number A160540014 and can remain anonymous.
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