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Death of Child Investigated by Sheriff as Child Abuse

February 26, 2016

BLYTHE, Calif – On Tuesday, February 23, at about 7:16 in the morning, Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Blythe Station were dispatched to the Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe, regarding a possible child abuse investigation. Deputies arrived and were later informed that the 6-month-old child had died after medical intervention had failed.

Investigators from the Blythe Station and the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the location and assumed the investigation. The name of the child is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. 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.

Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form or call the WETIP anonymous hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463). Anyone with further information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Colorado River Station at 760-921-7900.

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