Hawthrone police investigate death of 1-year old toddler

- Sheriff's homicide detectives were assisting Hawthorne police in their investigation into the death of a 1-year-old boy, a deputy said today.

Police were called to a home in the 11700 block of Doty Avenue, near the Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway, about 5 p.m. Wednesday, when the boy's mother, a 15-year-old student, returned home and found the boy unresponsive, according to Deputy Trina Schrader.

Paramedics were called to the scene. The boy was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:28 p.m., Schrader said.

There were no visible signs of trauma  to the boy. However, the sheriff's department has not said if the death appeared suspicious. The cause of death will await the outcome of an autopsy, Schrader added.

The toddler was being cared for by the teen mother's, adoptive mother at the time, Schrader said.

Anyone with information on this death was asked to call sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

All tips can be made anonymously.

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