Sheriff's office: death of Tanglewilde toddler "suspicious"

Staff writerFebruary 25, 2014 

A 2-year-old girl who died after being taken by ambulance to a local hospital from a Tanglewilde residence early Tuesday morning had bruises indicative of physical abuse, according to a sergeant with the Thurston County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives are investigating the child's death as "suspicious," Thurston County Sheriff's Sergeant Ray Brady said.

According to Brady:

Sheriff's deputies and emergency responders rushed to the scene after a 911 call about 1 a.m. Tuesday. The 911 call was made from a residence in the 7700 block of Third Avenue SE. The caller said the 2-year-old was unconscious and CPR was in progress.

The child was transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The cause and manner of death are to be determined by the coroner, Brady said.  There is some indication the child was suffering from an illness at the time of her death, Brady added.

Brady said that the 2-year-old's parents and another family lived at the residence on Third Avenue SE. At the time of the 911 call Tuesday morning, the deceased 2-year-old's mother, and the second family's mother, father and their adult daughter were at the residence, Brady said.

Brady said Child Protective Services has taken six children living at the residence into protective custody.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445; jpawloski@theolympian.com

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