7-year-old boy strangled to death in Thousand Oaks, deputies say

A 7-year-old boy is dead and his father allegedly took his own life inside a Thousand Oaks home.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office responded to a call on Chiquita Lane around 7 p.m. Tuesday night. Upon arrival, 43-year-old Braine Paddock was found dead inside a home.

The man's 7-year-old son was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

After a series of investigations, deputies believe the boy may have died after being allegedly strangled. Paddock's death was ruled a suicide by officials in Ventura County.

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