ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – A Roseville woman has been arrested on suspicion of homicide in the death of her 2-year-old child.

denise wilder Roseville Mother Arrested In Death Of 2 Year Old Girl

Denise Wilder (credit: Roseville Police)

Police arrested 37-year-old Denise Marie Wilder early Thursday morning in the death of her daughter, 2-year-old McKinley Wilder.

Police and fire personnel were called to a home in the 300 block of Diamond Oaks Road around 5:07 Wednesday night for report of a child not breathing. The nicely kept home belongs to McKinley’s grandparents, who were out of town.

Police say Wilder was intoxicated and due to suspicious circumstances surrounding the girl’s death, she was arrested on suspicion of homicide and child endangerment. Police aren’t releasing how the young girl died pending autopsy results.

“I’m pretty shaken up,” a mother walking her children, including her own 2-year-old, in the neighborhood said Thursday. “I can’t imagine, especially in this neighborhood. It’s such a family-friendly, family-oriented neighborhood.”

wilder sisters Roseville Mother Arrested In Death Of 2 Year Old Girl

McKinley Wilder, left, poses for a photo with her older sister Kennedy. McKinley was found deceased at a Roseville home on Wednesday and her mother has been arrested. (credit: Enchanted Images)

A family friend had gone to the home looking for Denise Wilder and found her along with McKinley and Denise’s other child, a 5-year-old girl. Police were then called for a report of a child not breathing. CBS13 learned on Thursday that Denise Wilder had been reported missing Wednesday at about 12:30 p.m. Police aren’t saying who reported her missing or why she was reported missing.

Wilder is being held in the Placer County Jail without bail. The 5-year-old, Kennedy, has been placed with other family members.

Police were searching Wilder’s Roseville home on Thursday. She rents the home and is a single mother after she and the girls’ father divorced shortly after McKinley was born, according to a neighbor.

A Facebook post attributed to the father, Mark Wilder, reads: “McKinley is no longer with us. Kennedy is now with me. The police have taken the suspect into custody. I cannot say anymore…and sadly, I don’t know anymore, except Kennedy is one scared little 5 year old that misses her baby sister. She found Mickey.”

People who knew wilder say she and her husband split up after Mckinley was born.

On her twitter account, the mother talks about cuddling on the couch with her girls, taking them on a trip to the bay area and Disneyland.

Then, the tweets suddenly stopped, 14months ago.

“They’ve been really quiet, like I don’t ever see them come out of the house, or any of that,” said next door neighbor George Valergas.

Comments (19)
  1. concerned citizen says:

    she dont only look like a drunk . but also a drug addict. apparently shes not that good of a mother. hope they put her to death also. if you can kill a child than your destin to be put to death also

  2. Tiffany G says:

    Her poor five year old, who knows what she saw…? 😦

  3. Stuart says:

    this is my friend and i was just playing words with friends and Draw Something with her last night….and she loved her kids this is shocking… god

    1. E says:

      While the toddler was in the next room dead?

    2. Roger says:

      Stuart, if this is true, you should contact the Roseville Police Dept. and give them a statement.

    3. Stuart says:

      excuse me for my past comment…it was meant to say i was playing online with her monday and tuesday night not last night.. autocorrect changed it as i hit submit my apologies for any issues this may have caused…

  4. Linda says:

    Well maybe she should watch her kids instead of drinking and playing on the phone. This makes me sick!!! The 2 year old probably wanted some attention from the inattentive parent. Didn’t some mom kill her kid because he was bothering her while she was on facebook?? seem to remember something like that.

    1. Gemma says:

      Yes, her kid interrupted her palying Farmville. Since that case, I believe there was a case of a kid in the tub while the mom was on Facebook, and I’m pretty sure there have been more.

  5. Monica says:

    Roseville is seriously slowly going downhill. Damn shame. My condolences to the family members of the little girl that died and all the help the little sister is going to need.

  6. Sir Nose says:

    “I can’t imagine, especially in this neighborhood. It’s such a family-friendly, family-oriented neighborhood.”

    1. Sharon says:

      ikr…what is implied here is ‘imagine these types situations occuring in unfriendly famiiy, disfunctional neighborhoods’..away from Roseville..

  7. Linda says:

    OMG what precious little girls, so sad for the 5 year old to have found her sister.
    Praying for the little girl!

  8. Wrong Wrong Wrong says:

    Roseville is a surburban ghetto. Not surprised to hear of this in Diamond Oaks. Lots of substance abuse with unassuming people in this city. Prayers for the 5 year old… she will need them going forward.

  9. J C C says:

    Some of you that get on here have two brains one the size of a bb and the other ones a little bitty thing. one look at that house and you could tell it was a ghetto drug house in a ghetto neighborhood, how was that because the lawn was mowed and the house was spotless,your a moron

  10. concerned parent says:

    Such heartache. I feel so sorry for the family of this beutiful child.

  11. Debbie says:

    It really made me sad today to read the latest news regarding McKinleys Dad!!!!! He just spent a year fighting the crazy women in court,,,,disproving all the lies she told the court and now the news is making him sound like a bad guy too!!!!!! I believe they owe him one big “IM SORRY” I know Mark and I never saw the side that they are now writting about !!!! Lets think about this,,,,,,,,he won in court after a long battle and she is the one who killed their child!!!!!!!!! Why make him look bad with a bunch of lies that she told!!!!!!!!! This makes me sick !!!!!!!!

  12. Debbie says:

    If anyone knows when the service will be please let me know!!!

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