Baby Death Investigation in Glenn Co.

Sep 11, 2013 7:13 PM

Yesterday, a 13-month-old boy was taken off life support after being airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center.
Residents of the Grindstone Indian Rancheria describe where they live as a low key kind of place. Nestled in the hills just north of elk creek, it's a quiet, close-knit community of Native Americans.

But the mysterious death of one-year-old Thomas Fred has Rancheria residents sad and shaken. First-responders arrived at a home on the 3600 block of Chris' Crossing Road Monday afternoon. They found the baby unresponsive on the couch, with head trauma.

The baby did regain a pulse, was brought to Glenn Medical, and finally airlifted to UC Davis.

According to the Glenn county sheriff's office, the baby was in the care of a babysitter at the time. Sheriff Larry Jones says it's unclear whether that baby-sitter was a relative or not. But that person has given a preliminary statement to police.

"We've had to launch an investigation into how this trauma occurred and what caused the death. We have an autopsy scheduled this coming Monday morning, and hopefully then we will have a definitive cause of death and see if that cause of death matches up with what our detectives have gathered at this point," Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones said.


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