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Child’s death investigated as homicide (updated)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Clovis police say they are conducting a homicide investigation into the death of an 18-month-old boy who arrived at Plains Regional Medical Center early Monday morning with bruises and suffering cardiac arrest.

“It’s atypical for 18-month-olds to show up in the hospital with cardiac arrest,” said Police Chief Steve Sanders. “And obviously the previous bruising is what caused the doctors some alarm.”

According to a press release from police, a call was received at 3:57 a.m. Monday from PRMC’s emergency room requesting police to conduct an investigation into the infant’s death. Sanders said when the child’s mother brought him in, doctors attempted to revive the child using CPR but were unsuccessful.

The mother and child, according to the release, live on the 2900 block of Lisa Street in Clovis.

Sanders declined to release the identities of the boy or his parents, citing the ongoing investigation.

It is the second homicide this year in Clovis.

The child’s body was sent to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque to determine cause of death. Until then, Sanders said, it would be “tough” to determine exactly what happened.

“We’re trying to fill in as many of the holes as with any investigation we’d do,” Sanders said. “At this particular stage, we’re interviewing just about everybody to create this timeline.”

According to the news release, the child’s mother, other children living in the home and other possible witnesses are being interviewed. Sanders said search warrants would be executed as well to find “any sort of tangible evidence of foul play.”

The 9th Judicial District Major Crimes Unit — made up of the District Attorney’s office, Clovis Police Department, Portales Police Department and Curry County Sheriff’s office — is conducting the investigation, according to the press release.

“The New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and protective services have also been notified of the investigation and will be involved,” the release said.

No suspects have been named due to the ongoing investigation, Sanders said.


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