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Authorities Investigating Death of Child Found at a South LA Motel, Father Arrested

The case has been classified as an "undetermined death," according to the police, who declined to reveal other details of the investigation.

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Authorities Wednesday were investigating the death of a 17-month-old boy found unresponsive at a motel in the south Los Angles area.

Officers were sent to the 5600 block of South Western Avenue about 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The case has been classified as an "undetermined death," according to the police, who declined to reveal other details of the investigation.

Dee'ago Alexander Jones was found unconscious and not breathing at the Rosa Bell Motel. The toddler died at a hospital.

LAPD confirmed Thursday that the father, 23-year-old Shane Zachary Flowers, was arrested by Torrance police on July 14 and booked for Child Abuse Resulting in Death with bail set at $100,000.

Jorge Serrano who works at the auto body shop across the street said he stepped outside to watch the commotion.

"I just saw the ambulance coming out and the baby in his hands. They took him right away to the hospital," he said.

The LAPD says its special abused child unit is investigating but won't say if there was any obvious signs of trauma.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Abused Child Section, Juvenile Division at 213-486-0530 or 877-527-3247 during non-business hours. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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