Dead Toddler Found Inside Car In Rancho Cordova

Rancho Cordova Police Department motor officer on Wednesday afternoon made a gruesome discovery.  The officer said he spotted a white Toyota Rav-4 parked the wrong way on Rod Beaudry Drive in Rancho Cordova, and he noted a man and a woman standing near the car.  In speaking to the pair the officer determined they were the owners of car.  A records check also revealed the man had an outstanding warrant out of the state of Arkansas.

Officers began searching the car and found a toddler of undetermined age underneath some blankets in the back seat. The child was unresponsive and declared dead at the scene. There were no obvious signs of trauma.

Photo courtesy Sacramento County Sheriff's Department

The man and woman, who were not identified for the media, were detained and being questioned by detectives during the afternoon.

Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

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