LANCASTER – Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a Rosamond toddler who appeared to have been dead for several hours before his mother brought him to Antelope Valley Hospital, authorities said.
Kern County Sheriff’s deputies from the Rosamond substation responded to the hospital around 2:34 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, according to a news release from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
“When deputies arrived, they contacted hospital staff and the deceased boy’s mother. Deputies learned the boy’s mother had brought him into the hospital, however hospital staff determined the boy was deceased and it appeared he had been deceased for at least several hours,” the news release states.
Homicide detectives and a deputy coroner determined that the boy’s body “displayed signs of trauma,” according to the news release.
Detectives later responded to a home in the 1200 block of Rosamond Blvd., where the toddler lived with his mother, father and six other minor children, according to the news release.
“Detectives determined the home was unfit for children, and all six of the children were taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services,” the news release states.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information was immediately available Wednesday.
The deceased toddler was identified in media reports as 17-month-old Abraham Meza.
UPDATEd 3.2.17: Abraham Ezra Meza was pronounced dead at 1:41 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, according to a news release by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office – Coroner Section.
“The decedent arrived at the Antelope Valley Hospital Emergency Room with his mother, who reported he was not breathing. Medical staff examined the decedent and determined he had been deceased at the time he had arrived at the hospital. A postmortem examination will be scheduled to determine cause and manner of death,” the news release states. [Read it here.]