City News Service

2-Year-Old's Death Under Investigation

A 2-year-old Westchester boy's death at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center was under investigation today by Los Angeles police.

Investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department's Juvenile Division responded about 9:30 p.m. on July 3 to the Westwood hospital to investigate the death of Damien Ventura, officials said.

"Damien was reported to have been in the care of his mother's boyfriend at the family residence near the 8700 block of Croydon Avenue...prior to his death," according to an LAPD statement.

The circumstances leading to and cause of the boy's death are under investigation, police said.

On Wednesday, the County Coroner said it had completed the autopsy, but a cause of death had yet to be determined with more tests on the way.

The Department of Children and Family Services put out a statement confirming the investigation and stating that the organization is cooperating with law enforcement.

"We are aware of the tragic death of another child, a 2-year-old boy who died on July 3," the statement read. "We are cooperating with our partners in law enforcement, who have informed us that the cause of death is still under investigation."

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