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Toddler Found Dead in Covina Apartment After Police Encounter Blood-Spattered Woman

Authorities were investigating the death of a toddler whose body was found Friday in a Covina residence.

The child was found dead in the 100 block of East Italia Street, according to Covina police Sgt. David Rodriguez. Information was not immediately available on the child's gender or identity.

The investigation began about 3:25 a.m., when a Covina sergeant "observed a partially clothed female adult running in the middle of the street at 300 N. Second Ave.," Rodriguez said.

"The female was contacted but was uncooperative in providing officers any information on her identity, residence, and purpose," Rodriguez said.

"Officers observed she had what appeared to be blood spatter on parts of her body but that she had no injuries. She attempted to flee from officers but was unsuccessful in her flight."

Officers questioned the woman, whose name was not released, and "she made statements that led officers to believe there might be a potential victim whose whereabouts were not yet known at the time because of her refusal to provide any information," Rodriguez said.

The officers took the woman to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, Rodriguez said.


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"While trying to figure out who she was, they were able to identify her place of residence," Rodriguez said.

"Assisting officers immediately responded to the 100 block of East Italia Street, where they discovered a small fire in the second story of the townhouse," Rodriguez said. "They made entry and discovered a deceased juvenile. No other persons or victims were in the location."

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Detective Tim Statler at 626-384-5622; the watch commander at 626-384-5665; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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