PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) – Police in central California have arrested a woman for allegedly suffocating her 4-year-old niece.

Porterville Police Lt. Dominic Barteau tells the Fresno Bee (http://bit.ly/2ozFs64) the girl was found unresponsive at home on Tuesday. Medical personnel could not revive her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Barteau says police determine the child’s death was suspicious and detectives opened an investigation.

He says detectives determined the child’s aunt, 20-year-old Santa Pablo, had intentionally suffocated her.

Pablo was arrested and booked into Tulare County jail on a murder charge. No motive has been established


Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.


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