STOCKTON (CBS13) – Stockton police are investigating a suspicious child death involving a two-year-old boy. The investigation began as a possible homicide in the Bay Area, but now investigators believe it originated in Stockton.
Neighbors on the 2500 block of Diamond Oaks Street are shaken by the death investigation so close to home.
“It’s just terrible, but this neighborhood is pretty good. It’s quiet,” said neighbor Hayde Moranda.
One neighbor who wanted to stay anonymous says she would see the two-year-old boy often playing outside with his siblings unsupervised.
“I see these kids playing around by themselves, but this little boy is always in that little car.”
A quiet boy with beautiful eyes, riding around in a little toy car is how she remembers him.
But on Friday, family members brought the boy into Valley Care Hospital in Pleasanton where he died shortly after.
Hospital authorities suspicious of the boy’s injuries alerted police, who began an initial investigation in Oakland.
But by Saturday investigators concluded that the boy had actually been injured at his family home in Stockton.
CBS13 went to the home but no one was there.
Stockton police interviewed the boy’s family but no one is in custody for the boy’s death at this time. Police are not saying what kind of injuries the boy sustained. But neighbors say they just want justice for this toddler
“Find out who did this, what happened,” said Moranda.
“Something happened there, and that needs to be investigated,” said Estella Chavez
Stockton police say they’re awaiting the outcome of an autopsy that will be done this week before they determine the cause of death, and how they will proceed with the investigation.
Meanwhile, the boy’s father says in a GoFundMe account created “this has been a devastating loss that words can not express.” He adds that his boy unexpectedly passed away.