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Wednesday, Nov 20 2013 02:30 PM

Two-year-old found dead on bus in California City

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Detectives from the Kern County Sheriff's Department, along with California City Police officers blocked off the intersection of California City Boulevard and Neuralia Road Wednesday Nov. 20, as they investigate the death of a two-year-old boy. The boy and an accompanying adult were passengers on a Regional Transit Bus when another passenger notified the bus driver that the child was not breathing. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News

Kern County Sheriff"s detectives conduct their investigation into the death of a two-year-boy who was discovered on a Regional Transit Bus Wednesday, Nov. 20, in California City. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a two-year-old boy who was found dead on a Regional Transit Bus in California City this morning.

The child was in the custody of an adult male when a Regional Transit Bus driver traveling the Ridgecrest-Mojave route saw them standing on the side of the road about 10 miles outside the city limits of California City and asked the man if assistance was needed.

It was approximately 7:26 a.m. when California City Police Department responded to a call at the corner of California City Blvd. and Neuralia Road, after the driver learned that the child passenger was not breathing.

Responding medical aid pronounced the child was dead on the scene, according to the Ray Pruitt, public information officer for KCSO.

He said the adult male, who was identified as the boyfriend of the child’s mother, has been detained.

Pruitt was unable to estimate how long the child had been dead when police responded, no would he say if the child had any physical signs of injury.

“We do not know at this point for certain if it is a homicide, but we are treating it as a homicide,” he said.

The KCSO is in contact with the mother of the child, he said.

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