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Authorities investigating death of child in Coachella


Update 09/19/22

News Channel 3 has learned that the child's grandmother Hilaria Rangel, 55, and mother Vanessa Rangel, 37, were charged with murder and child endangerment of four more children, ages 6, 9, 11, and 13.

Court documents obtained by News Channel 3 show a third woman, identified as Miriam Silva, is also charged with murder in the case.

Update 09/14/22

The child's mother and grandmother have been arrested after being accused of abuse that led to the 5-year-old's death.

Details: Mother, grandmother arrested for alleged abuse that led to 5-year-old's death

Original Report 09/09/22

Authorities today investigated the death of a child in Coachella.

Around 7:50 p.m. Thursday, deputies from the Thermal sheriff's station responded to the 50400 block of South Kenmore Street to administer juvenile medical aid, according to Sgt. Ben Ramirez with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Upon arrival, deputies were directed to a child who was not breathing, Ramirez said. Despite efforts from deputies and Cal Fire medics who performed lifesaving measures, the child died at the scene. The child's age and gender were not made available.

The Central Homicide Unit took was investigating due to the circumstances of the child's death, according to Ramirez. There was no other information immediately available.

The investigation was ongoing and anyone with information was asked to call Investigator Lopez from the Thermal sheriff's station at 760-863-8990 or Investigator Alfaro with the Central Homicide Unit at 760-393-3528.

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