DAVIS (CBS13) — Davis Police say they were at the home of a 5-year-old girl who was found later in her mother’s trunk on an unrelated call hours before the alleged murder.

Police are investigating whether Aquelin Talamantes allegedly killed her 5-year-old daughter, Tatiana Garcia in Davis before driving her to Sacramento.

An officer went inside the home at around 9 a.m. on Thursday when Talamantes started behaving strangely, asking multiple times why the officer was at her home after the officer explained why.

Talamantes was at the home with another adult relative, her daughter Tatiana and Tatiana’s little brother.

“The kids were sitting on the couch playing, laughing,” said Davis Lt. Paul Doroshov. “They appeared to be healthy. They appeared to be clean.”

The officer spent 30 minutes in the home, but found nothing that would have triggered taking a child away.

Davis Police say the connection between that stop and the discovery of the child’s body was only made after the fact.

“We were called again to that house by the other adult who lives there a relative of the suspect, that we find the suspect and the victim at that point,” Doroshov said.

That call was made at 1 p.m. that day, reporting the Talamantes and Garcia missing.

Ninety minutes later, Sacramento Police were called to a welfare check in Sacramento. At around 3 p.m. they would find Garcia in the trunk of her mom’s car.

Talamantes was detained for questioning just before 5 p.m., and arrested for the murder of her daughter at 9:57 p.m.


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